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Author: A True Story: 07/02/17
Author: A True Story by Helen Lester is a chapter book length autobiography about the struggles the author had with learning how to read and write. The book was recommended to me, heartily, by my daughter.
Lester as a child struggled to learn how to write her letters. She was naturally a mirror writer. Many of the letters she tried to write came out as perfect backwards copies of what she was trying to do.
Though it's not stated in the book, I'm curious if Lester is left handed. As a kid I also struggled with mirror writing, especially in upper elementary when we were learning cursive.
The letter writing instructions, and the things children have to trace over to practice, are written with right handed students in mind. If following what feels natural as a left handed writer, the letters will often end up backwards. It took me a long time to realize that I didn't have to follow the "correct" path — just make correct looking letters, even if that means starting in a backwards location to do so.