FOR READING OUT LOUD! by Margaret Mary & Elizabeth Segel Kimmel


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Prefaced by a particularly eloquent expression of the often-repeated arguments for reading aloud to children at home and at school, this is an intelligently selected and annotated list of books suitable for reading to children in kindergarten through eighth grade. To be included, a book must read well aloud, and the authors have made an effort to include ""books that children might not pick up and read for themselves."" The usual reference to ""high literary value,"" as opposed to message alone, also appears among the stated criteria, but the 140 or so titles on the list are evidence that these authors, unlike many such list-makers, have a firm sense of the term. (Kimmel teaches at the University of Pittsburgh library school and Segel teaches children's literature in the English department at the same University.) The relatively full annotations (two or three paragraphs per book) include fluent and insightful capsule characterizations, some reservations, occasional references to the authors' other works (only one book per author is allowed), and practical suggestions for use. (Re The Egypt Game: ""The first chapter, which sets the scene, is a bit slow, so we recommend that the first reading session include chapter two."") You'll find it a pleasure to read and to recommend to classroom teachers and parents.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1982
Publisher: Delacorte