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IF YOU'RE SO SMART, HOW COME YOU CAN'T SPELL MISSISSIPPI? (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses series)

Author: Barbara Esham

Illustrator: Mike Gordon and Carl Gordon

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Publisher: Mainstream Connections Publishing,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Katie is a third grader at Westover Elementary School. When Katie asked her dad for help with a spelling list, Katie got the surprise of her life: Dad can't spell. He is smart AND he is a lawyer? How could this be? Dad explained that he is dyslexic. Katie realized that her classmate Mark might have the same thing. She wanted to learn more, so she went to the library for a book on dyslexia. This picture book explains dyslexia to kids in ways they can process it for themselves.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 4.4

Age of Child: Read with and by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book because she recognized David from Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets. She liked the story and laughed that there were words we couldn't pronounce.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is an exceptional book. It is a wonderful story for families to share, but it would also be very valuable in the classroom, too. Katie tells the story, so she is both daughter and classmate - two "positions" kids can understand. There is more to the illustrations than just the story you are reading, and that's where you'll find some of the humor.

Pros: There are lots of layers - and a bit of humor - to this exceptional story about a little girl who learns that being smart doesn't mean you know everything.

Cons: None!

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is an enlightening book for all children. If you have a child who struggles to read because of dyslexia, this is a must-have for your home library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MRS. GORSKI, I THINK I HAVE THE WIGGLE FIDGETS (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)   BOOK (A Baby Unplugged Book)   THE OLD CLOCK ON THE WALL

Educational Themes: There are lots of layers to this book. In addition to learning about dyslexia, kids can learn empathy and acceptance, as well as research and history.

Notes: The Reading Tub picked up this book at Book Expo America 2009.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, illness, self worth, school

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2009

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