"Adult new readers may respond to this, but next to stories such as Eve Bunting's The Wednesday Surprise (1989) and Marie Bradley's More Than Anything Else (1995), children will gain little sense here of the importance, benefits, or process of learning to read. (Picture book. 6-8)"
PLB 0-531-33190-3 A bland take on a worthy theme: when an aging farmer suddenly decides that he'd like to add reading to his many other skills, he washes up and presents himself at the one-room schoolhouse.
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