If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi? (The Adventures Of Everyday Geniuses Series)


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.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid 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.

Parent 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.

Type of Book:
This picture book explains dyslexia to kids in ways they can process it for themselves.
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.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 8
Age of child:
Read with and by a 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
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.

Title If You're so Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi?

The Adventures Of Everyday Geniuses

Author Barbara Esham
Publisher Mainstream Connections Publishing © 2008
Illustrators Mike Gordon, Carl Gordon
ISBN 9781603364485
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Self Worth, Health & Wellness
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