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Children's LiteratureA little boy has graduated from looking at the pictures in books to reading the words all by himself. This accomplishment makes him feel happy and proud. He wants to share his excitement with someone else, but everyone in his family is too busy to listen to him read. Mommy is cooking, daddy is mowing the grass, big brother is using his computer, big sister is trying on clothes, baby is taking a nap, grandma is knitting, and grandpa falls asleep in a chair! Rover, his dog, is the only interested party—until his dinner is served. The little boy believes that no one in his family has time to listen to him read, and he goes up to his room where he starts to read to his stuffed bunnies and bears. Suddenly, there is a knock on the door. It is his entire family, ready to listen to his story. The little boy excitedly invites them all into his room realizing that the best time to read is whenever someone you love has time to listen. This story's theme, along with its colorful illustrations and rhyming words, make it a great read aloud book for any beginning reader. 2005, Random House Children's Books/Random House, Ages 4 to 6.
—Lisa B. C. O'Connell