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|Format: ||Paperback, 192 pages, Updated, Revise Edition|
|Other Information: ||Illustrated|
|Published In: ||USA, 01 July 2008|
An introduction for parents about reading aloud to their children. Fox explains that babies are born learners, discusses the importance of books in the home, and stresses the value of a read-aloud ritual. She also includes a chapter on how to read aloud, which novice readers will find useful. Anecdotal stories are widespread, and "success stories" might intimidate parents whose children do not learn to read by age five, even with mom or dad reading aloud to them. Theories provided do not include reference to supporting research. In the chapter "Birth, Brains, and Beyond," Fox writes that "having deep-and-meaningful conversations with our kids.-[has] also been linked positively to IQ development" without reference to her source for this information. Proponents of phonics-based reading instruction will take issue with the author's "whole stories" approach. There are no age-appropriate reading lists for busy parents, and there is no bibliography for the works cited in the text. Libraries that already own Jim Trelease's The Read-Aloud Handbook (Penguin, 1995) or Bernice E. Cullinan's Read to Me: Raising Kids Who Love to Read (Scholastic, 1992) will find this new title an additional purchase.
Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"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)"
20.07 x 13.21 x 1.52 centimetres (0.18 kg)|
15+ years |