The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared

by Alice Ozma, Jim Brozina
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The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma

When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundreth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak." Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college.

Alice approaches her book as a series of vignettes about her relationship with her father and the life lessons learned from the books he read to her.

Books included in the Streak were: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the Oz books by L. Frank Baum, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Shakespeare's plays.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455504503
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 970 KB

About the Author

Alice Ozma, a recent Rowan University graduate, currently lives in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia, PA. She is passionate about literature, education, and working with children. Find out more about this author by visiting her website: www.makeareadingpromise.com.

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Reading Promise 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful, readable, and compelling. The author talks about her years of reading every night with her librarian father (her mother leaves the family when she is quite young). This book is a reminder of how important it is for parents/grandparents to MAKE TIME to read to their children regularly, and to KEEP IT UP. It's a way of forging and keeping a relationship, developing real interests, and knowing what your kids are thinking. Nowadays parents give their kids hand-held games in preschool and leave them to entertain themselves. Later they wonder why their kids struggle with schoolwork and can't talk to grownups articulately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick and witty look at a father and a daughter bound together by their love of reading. The book is a serious of short segments from "the streak" which involved 3200+ nights of reading together. It proves the educational and emotional value of parents and children reading together.
BookhoundMP More than 1 year ago
This was not as enthralling as I hoped it would be, but all in all, it was a good read. I really enjoyed the bond between father and daughter, despite teenage angst and drama. I still read to my 5th grader, maybe not every night, but most nights and enjoy it. This book helped me see that I don't have to give that up even when she gets older. Definitely worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book pulls at your heart from the start. It brings back memories of childhood reading bedtime stories with my parents as well as exposing and reminding us all of the problems with our school systems. It will make anyone feel like pounding on thir school boards door to bring back the joy of reading in our education standards. If every school administrator read this, our literacy ratings would increase dramatically across the country. A must read!
pdt More than 1 year ago
I loved the bond between father and daughter, for the simple reason that it is all too rare. I thought I would love this book; but it just wasn't exciting enough to keep me entertained. Not a bad book; just not a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful little book! Not particularly well written but I love the foundational premise of the story!
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WriterlyWannaBe More than 1 year ago
A great read for anyone who cares about books, about children, about family, and the importance of it all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Look i got this book in real life not on my nook this morning for v-day i am reading it now and its looking good!
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Love this book that you said it was good and now im reading the book now!!!!! Love it soo much!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how they are both telling how they remember how they did the reading Streak whitch is called different point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this book and thought, how wonderful, a father reading a marathon of books to his kids! I didnt realize how long it had gone on. Its wonderful. I started reading to my toddler afterreading this book. It iswonderful because technology will eventually wipe out all tge books. I have afull working library in my house and am very proud of it. Books teach children so much and should NEVER be replaced by technology
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Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
When Alice was in fourth grade, she and her elementary-librarian father made a goal to read together for one hundred consecutive nights. That accomplished, they thought of a loftier goal-getting to one thousand nights; after that was achieved, they kept "The Streak" going just for the pleasure of it. Alice reminisces about some of the events which took place during those years, including when her mother moved out of the home, leaving Alice and her older sister in the care of their father, the day when her sister moved out of the family home for college, and the final night of The Streak, when Alice herself arrived at her college dormitory. As much a sweet tribute to her father as about the books themselves, the book moved slower than I would've liked. Each chapter is prefaced by a quote from one of the books which was read, and the book wraps up with a partial list of the many books that Alice's father read to her. As a librarian and the mother of an adult child, I commend the author and her father for sustaining this great project which they undertook. I hope that other parents will read this book and start their own streak.
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Katy-Lou More than 1 year ago
This book was very inspirational! The way that Alice Ozma puts this story together is amazing and it's hard to believe that she got this book published at the young age of 22, fresh out of college. Her literary advancement inspires me to read to my children the way her father read to her, because what she has learned shines through strongly and skillfully in this book! I would recommend it to any reader/writer!
librarygirlAS More than 1 year ago
As a elementary school librarian, this book was one I could not resist. It did not disappoint! I empathized alternately with both Alice and her father. Especially when he was told he could no longer read to his students! That's tantamount to telling a children's librarian not to breathe! A must have for any children's literacy advocate, parent, teacher, or anyone who loves to read. It should be required reading for ALL school administrators and school board members (they're the ones who put the libraries (and/or qualified librarians) and arts on the chopping block when budget cuts need to be made).
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RailBoy More than 1 year ago
I normally like my books hard-boiled, dark and dangerous. But as an avid reader, this book appealed to me. What a marvelous find! Well written and not a bit preachy. It's as much autobiography as a book about books. Her dad is a cross between the father in Calvin and Hobbes and the fathers in Jane Austen books. Funny, sweet, poignant and satisfying. Well worth the investment of your time.
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