Hooray for Reading Day! (Jessica Worries Series)

Overview

When Jessica tries to read aloud in class, she stumbles over the words and everyone laughs. Now the upcoming Reading Theater day has her more worried than ever. What if she makes a mistake in front of all the parents?

With the help of her family, and some practice with her dog, Wiggles, Jessica faces her reading worriesñand finds that reading aloud can be as easy as A-B-C!

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Overview

When Jessica tries to read aloud in class, she stumbles over the words and everyone laughs. Now the upcoming Reading Theater day has her more worried than ever. What if she makes a mistake in front of all the parents?

With the help of her family, and some practice with her dog, Wiggles, Jessica faces her reading worriesñand finds that reading aloud can be as easy as A-B-C!

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 1

Worrier Jessica reappears in an anxiety-filled story about learning to read. As in Stop, Drop, and Roll (2001) and 100th Day Worries (2000, both S & S), the first grader is filled with dread because of an upcoming Reading Theater day at school. She elicits the help of her busy family members in practicing and is even more alarmed when she finds out that parental attendance and costume wearing are part of the event. This third title in the series does a serviceable job of portraying a young student struggling with the trials of being a beginning reader. The message of "practice makes perfect" and the encouragement of her teacher and family can serve to motivate children. Howard's cartoon illustrations add to the humor and exaggerate Jessica's expressions of angst, anguish, and ultimate achievement.-Lynne Mattern, Robert Seaman School, Jericho, NY

Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689861888
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Jessica Worries Series
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 413,828
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Margery Cuyler has written stories ever since she learned how to write. A children's book editor and author for more than twenty years, she now devotes most of her time to writing. Her many children's books include 100th Day Worries, illustrated by Arthur Howard, and The Biggest, Best Snowman, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. Margery lives with her family in Princeton, New Jersey, in a house that's said to be haunted by a ghost!

Arthur Howard is the illustrator of Noodle & Lou by Liz Garton Scanlon and the Mr. Putter and Tabby series and Gooseberry Park books by Cynthia Rylant as well as his own picture books. He has also coauthored and illustrated many books of humor for adults and appeared for seven seasons in the PBS math-oriented production Square One Television. He lives in New York City.

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