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“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Summary: Hannah, who is seven, is a couch potato. She knows what she likes, but sometimes it results in kids laughing at her. She loves to play in the pool, but doesn't know how to swim. One night, while she is dreaming, she visits a place that can help her gain confidence and make better choices. This is a lightly illustrated chapter books to get kids thinking about healthier choices.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, independent reading, learning to read, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 12
Reading Level: 4
Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old child at Effort Baptist Church as part of the Children's Ministry and Use Your ABCs project.
Young Reader Reaction: I picked the book because the title made it sound really interesting. The book was a little weird, and I thought it should be for children younger than me. What I liked about the book is that even though Hannah was picked on, she never picked on anyone herself or tried to get back at them.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Preteen girls can see themselves in the challenges and awkwardness Hannah faces.
Cons: The references may be too obscure for some audiences and to direct for others.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The story has potential to help girls who are struggling with their own sense of value or self esteem.