This story in verse speaks with one voice through multiple narrators. Each spread depicts children of different races and cultures reading different kinds of materials and in different places. The illustrations pick up with more specifics about the different purposes of reading, such as a cookbook or playing an instrument.
I read this multiple times and I still spent more time exploring the illustrations than saying the words aloud. Reading this book is an exploration of all things literacy. It gives a nod to the reader that reading can be "monotonous," then shows ways to change that, as well as the practical purposes we need to be able to read.
The illustrations complement the text and add to it as well. There is a lot going on in the imagery, so if you are reading this with a child, you'll be done with the text before they are ready to turn the page. All types of readers are represented whether it be disability or race. I also liked the mix of environments depicted, too.
I especially loved (and actually cheered) when I saw the girl reading braille and another girl using sign language. My one disappointment - and it is a minor nit - is that not once does it show a reader enjoying an audiobook.
Readers of every type are represented in this rhyming book that will excite - and entice - young readers.
None. Just be prepared to build a treehouse or a Little Free Library.
This is a rhyming story about the whys, wheres, and hows of reading ... and not just books!
Explore the illustrations!! They show all kinds of reading, from different materials to different ways to read (audio, braille, sign language). Point out the different ways the adults are reading, too. This is a great book for reinforcing not just the importance but also the joy of reading.
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Buy. It's a rhyming story with fun, imaginative illustrations. Kids are going to want this over and over and over again.