I Don't Like to Read!

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Henry loves first grade - except for reading. When called on in class, Henry freezes. His teacher discovers it's not that Henry doesn't like to read, it's that he can't. With extra help, Henry begins to feel more confident about words and letters. And when he and his little brother desperately want to know the ending to a book, Henry saves the day!

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Overview

Henry loves first grade - except for reading. When called on in class, Henry freezes. His teacher discovers it's not that Henry doesn't like to read, it's that he can't. With extra help, Henry begins to feel more confident about words and letters. And when he and his little brother desperately want to know the ending to a book, Henry saves the day!

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
Henry, the mouse introduced in First Grade, Here I Come (Viking, 2006), likes everything about school except reading. He pretends to think that reading is "boring" and "dumb," but when confronted by his nurturing teacher, he admits that "words and letters just don't make any sense." After receiving extra help at school and home, Henry deciphers words, simple sentences, and, to his surprise, a library book. Carlson's appealing illustrations are rendered in her trademark style with bold colors and rich patterns. The art conveys humor, such as when Henry wears a cheese-patterned shirt. Many children will identify with him. However, the resolution is not totally believable: his transition from assisted reading to flying solo seems too quick and too smooth. Nevertheless, this title will reassure struggling readers and their parents.
—Barbara KatzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
A new first-grader dreads reading until a friendly teacher helps him. Henry's excited to learn new things, but finds that he's the only student who doesn't like reading. (Henry's a gray mouse with huge round ears; the other students are rabbits, dogs and pigs. All walk on two legs and wear colorful clothing.) Henry likes listening to stories at home and at school, but never raises his hand to read aloud in class. "Reading is boring!" he decides. It takes the intervention of a friendly teacher, Mr. McCarthy, a big brown dog, to get to the root of Henry's problem: He fears the alphabet. Concentrated help, both at home and at school, turns Henry into an eager reader, which he demonstrates by volunteering to read the lunch menu aloud to the class. Carlson's typical bright colors and simple geometric shapes match the illustrations to the target readership. A shrewd tool for a parent or teacher faced with a bibliophobe. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142414514
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/20/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 369,399
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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