Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Look! The book!

Here's the edition of To Kill a Mockingbird that we'll be copying from. We chose large print to make it easier to read and to keep your place. And larger print makes it APPEAR that there are fewer words waiting to be copied.

Note the word marked in pencil. We're going through and circling every hundredth word to establish milestones for progress!


Anna said...


Since history does not recall anyone ever testing this statistic, could this be a world record moment? The most words written at one time with one pencil? I tried looking up records, but there doesn't seem to be any such thing. Perhaps this is something to think about.

Keith Eldred said...

There is that potential alright! My understanding is that Guinness Book has a strict process for crediting world records. Since we're documenting our effort on this website (we'll be taking lots of photos and measurements throughout the event) and will have plenty of witnesses, we may have material in hand to submit. Hint, hint: It would be an excellent YAB project to research the requirements and figure out how to apply.

Anonymous said...

I heard about your project on NPR. I liked your choice of book. I once had a dog that I named Atticus. Another good choice for the book would have been Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. It mentions the Ticonderoga pencil. Super project!

Keith Eldred said...

Thanks very much for your post. That's very interesting about the Ray Bradbury book, particularly because we may do another copying project next year with Bradbury's "Farenheit 451." That's the choice for One Book Altoona, a community reading project scheduled in our neighboring city.