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Paperback Arthur The Race to Read Book

ISBN: 0316118389

ISBN13: 9780316118385

Arthur The Race to Read

(Book #1 in the Arthur Good Sports Series)

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Arthur and the Race to Read To raise money for a literacy drive, everyone at Arthur's school is going to run a race together. Arthur and his friends buddy up to train, but Fern seems uninterested in... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Arthur and the Race to Read

ISBN 0316120243 - A children's book featuring children who understand the importance of reading... really, what could be bad about that? Not a lot! Add in the positives of characters children recognize with diverse personalities that kids can relate to and you've got a winner. Not because it's a superb book (it's a good book) but because if you hand a child an incredible book that s/he won't read, well that's NOT a winner. Arthur and his friends all have a different approach to running and when a race to raise funds for a literacy program is announced, their approaches are put to the test. They train, study and prepare for fame. Fern, however, just "enjoys the view" and the pressure from her friends to join them in being competitive drives her to avoid them. On the day of the big race, each of the friends falls victim to their own training choices and the winner is... the winner is the literacy program! I like that the group to benefit from the race is a program to put books in kids' hands, a nice message for a book to carry. There is the comparison to the tortoise and the hare story, but that hardly takes a genius to make that connection - Arthur himself says it on the last page. Rather than view that as a negative, I recommend using old friends like Arthur to lead your child to Aesop. The illustrations are cartoon quality but are only black and white, a disappointment for fans of the show. Other than that, a nice chapter book for young readers, with a good lesson in the importance of reading that plants the idea that kids can help others overcome illiteracy.

Excellent book for a second grader

My son loved this book. I bought it awhile ago, when he was just learning to read. It wasn't the right time. So, it set forgotten on a shelf. A year or two later, when one rainy Sunday afternoon he ran out of his favourite Magic Tree House books, we found this one. And he loved it. It is a little bit more challanging to read, but he sailed right through it!
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