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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: This is an imaginative book that explores how reading can empower you (man, woman, adult, child). This is a picture book that celebrates the joy of reading.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: na
Young Reader Reaction: reviewer did not read with a child
Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are in Crayola® colors and remind me of the bright little cut-out puzzles from Europe made with wood. [You know, good Danish or Swedish design.] Each picture-page includes not only the story narrative but pictures of things with words in them. That association between words and how they can label objects is a subtle message for toddlers and beginning readers.
Pros: This is a well-written, simple story. The message that the author (and his publisher) care about helping kids read is bright and clear.
Cons: The only advantage for reading that Parr misses in this simple but well-written story is that reading prepares one for writing better.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! The book supports your effort to encourage reading at home, and Reach Out and Read's Effort to reach others.