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Read Anything Good Lately?


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After a childhood of frigid winters in Reinbeck, Iowa, Jane Lindaman moved to Phoenix, Arizona. With a degree from ASU, she began a 24-year career in elementary special education. After 32 years of desert summers, Jane retired to Springfield, Oregon. Now she gets to spend her time reading, gardening, hiking, and volunteering. Jane and Bette, her golden retriever, are a pet partner team, which means that first graders at Camp Creek Elementary School get to read to her and "Alpha" Bette. Jane also volunteers at the Youth Farm, so named not for the promise of youthfulness, but for the at-risk youth that are hired to learn about organic farming. Harvested crops are distributed to local food banks. Lastly, Jane now also has more time for writing! Vicky Enright has illustrated a number of highly successful Kathy Ross craft titles. Enright lives in Andover, Massachusetts, with her husband, two children, and a big, brown dog that has a habit of popping up in her books.


Gr 1-3-From "an atlas at the airport" to "a yoga book in the yard" and "the zodiac at the zoo," a little girl moves playfully along through biography, comics, dictionary, encyclopedia, magazine, poetry, quotations, recipes, and a variety of genres. Reading the "gossip in the grocery line," "updates under an umbrella," and "whatever in the waiting room" are somewhat looser variations on the theme but still acceptable. While relevant, choosing "literature at the library" might perpetuate a stuffy stereotype were it not for the pleasant cartoon illustration of a bean-bag chair, colorful shelves of books, and two little girls-one reading, the other enjoying an active pet rodent. The bespectacled, voracious young reader is supported by a loving family, complete with little brother, cat, and dog, as well as ethnically diverse friends. The pages have white margins for text; balloon inserts are included in the art that gives glimpses of characters reading in the featured settings. The final page offers 11 more "kinds of reading" in search of a place. This book has more value as a catalyst than as an alphabet book or enjoyable story. Though the text lends itself to reading aloud, the illustrations deserve more time. A pleasant addition but not an essential purchase.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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