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Reading Magic

Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

By Mem Fox, Judy Horacek

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages, Updated, Revise Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 July 2008
A new and revised edition! Bestselling children's author and internationally respected literacy expert Mem Fox reveals the incredible emotional and intellectual impact reading aloud to children has on their ability to learn to read.
With passion and humor, Fox speaks of when, where, and why to read aloud and demonstrates how to read aloud to best effect and how to get the most out of a read-aloud session. She discusses the three secrets of reading, offers guidance on defining and choosing good books, and addresses the challenges that can arise. And this new edition boasts twenty pages of fresh material, including two new chapters on boy readers and phonics, a foreword, and a list of "Twenty Books that Children Love."
Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this book is a favorite of educators and parents and a must-have for anyone interested in how children learn to read.
EAN: 9780156035101
ISBN: 0156035103
Publisher: Harvest Books
Dimensions: 20.07 x 13.21 x 1.52 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

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"I would urge everyone to get a copy and read it. It is, quite simply, excellent.... If you're not a dad, pass this along to one. Encourage fathers or other male role models to read to children and watch the magic happen."--Kendal Rautzhan"Danville News" (07/24/2008)"

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5 of 5 Stars! '

I have read this book and all of the editorial reviews and customer reviews of this book. I have to respectfully disagree with much of what was written. Mem Fox is trying to get parents to understand the unique and positive benefits of reading aloud. I taught kindergarten and first grade for 11 years and believe me, there is a distinct difference in children who have been read to and those who have not. I live in Boca Raton, FL which has a fairly educated population and affluent one at that, and I was astounded by the number of women in my Mommies groups who did not think you should read to kids until they were three or four. So to wonder to whom Mem is writing for is ridiculous. ALL types of parents can benefit from this knowledge. There is sufficient research to suggest the benefits, but parents would not be interested in reading a research- based book. As for her taking on the wholistic vs. phonics debate, it is clear what side the reviewers are on. As a reading/writing specialist, I can assure you, Mem was not discounting phonics at all. She was merely saying that phonics alone will not make someone a good reader. There are two other cueing systems at work when people read and phonics is only a third of the process. I could spew research here but I won't. I believe she was suggesting to not make it the be all and end all of learning to read. I can assure you the children who could read by the end of kindergarten were not using phonics alone in their strategies for reading. And if you want a book with lists of books to read to kids, Jim Trelease has already written that one. Why would she duplicate that?

 

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If you are a parent who loves to read to your child and wants to help them learn to read then this book is for you. If you don't read aloud to your children but want to help them learn to read then this book is a must. The advice in this book is simple, nothing new but it is reassuring for parents who want the best for their children to know that they are doing something right or can make simple changes to get the best from their child. A great book for kindergartens and preschools to have on offer in their parent library so parents can do all they can to prepare their children for reading.

 
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