A well-illustrated title that may give confidence to students struggling with reading difficulties.




A girl with a learning disorder meets an inspirational teacher in this debut picture book by teacher Weston, illustrated by her former student AK.

An unnamed girl with brown skin and long, dark hair has trouble reading. As a result, school is difficult, and her elementary school teachers believe her to be lazy and careless. When she enters fourth grade, though, she finally has a teacher who understands how to make learning fun. When she’s tested in fifth grade, the school administration discovers that although she doesn’t read aloud well, she’s a highly advanced reader “in her head,” and the girl realizes that she has skills that are “super powers.” Readers may assume that the protagonist has dyslexia, although this is never directly stated. However, the book is printed in easier-to-read OpenDyslexic typeface, and a guide at the end tells of dyslexics’ struggles and strengths. Unfortunately, the book never shows the process of how the girl discovers her “super powers,” which would have been helpful to readers. AK’s colored-pencil and marker illustrations beautifully fit the tone of the text and feature a diverse cast of teachers and students.

A well-illustrated title that may give confidence to students struggling with reading difficulties.

Pub Date: May 16, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5255-2706-7

Page Count: 37

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: Sept. 10, 2018

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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The greening of Dr. Seuss, in an ecology fable with an obvious message but a savingly silly style. In the desolate land of the Lifted Lorax, an aged creature called the Once-ler tells a young visitor how he arrived long ago in the then glorious country and began manufacturing anomalous objects called Thneeds from "the bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees." Despite protests from the Lorax, a native "who speaks for the trees," he continues to chop down Truffulas until he drives away the Brown Bar-ba-loots who had fed on the Tuffula fruit, the Swomee-Swans who can't sing a note for the smogulous smoke, and the Humming-Fish who had hummed in the pond now glumped up with Gluppity-Glupp. As for the Once-let, "1 went right on biggering, selling more Thneeds./ And I biggered my money, which everyone needs" — until the last Truffula falls. But one seed is left, and the Once-let hands it to his listener, with a message from the Lorax: "UNLESS someone like you/ cares a whole awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not." The spontaneous madness of the old Dr. Seuss is absent here, but so is the boredom he often induced (in parents, anyway) with one ridiculous invention after another. And if the Once-let doesn't match the Grinch for sheer irresistible cussedness, he is stealing a lot more than Christmas and his story just might induce a generation of six-year-olds to care a whole lot.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1971

ISBN: 0394823370

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1971

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