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HOORAY FOR READING DAY! by Margery Cuyler

HOORAY FOR READING DAY!

By Margery Cuyler (Author) , Arthur Howard (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: July 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-689-86188-8
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Jessica worries about everything, especially reading aloud in her first-grade reading group. She makes everyone laugh when, while reading her lines of Hot Pot, Jessica says “The p-p-pot was snot.” Worst of all, Friday is “Reading Theater” day, with costumes and an audience of parents. Her parents listen to her dismay, and Mom admits that she was the slowest reader in first grade till “one day everything clicked.” Jessica decides her costume will be a blanket and practices—faultlessly—with her dog Wiggles, who gives her doggy kisses. On Friday, Jessica is amazed at how poorly some of her classmates read under pressure, so she pretends that she is reading to faithful Wiggles, and no one claps louder than Mom and Dad when she succeeds. Howard’s watercolors show a great variety of expressions and humor in the details. This reassuring tale takes its cue from the growing popularity of the use of therapy dogs with slow readers, providing a model for low-pressure help in the home. Linus and Snoopy would give Jessica a high five. (Picture book. 4-8)