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Step Two: Find a reading buddy. (Someone nice.)
Step Three: Find a reading spot. (Couches are cozy.)
Accomplished storytellers Kate Messner and Mark Siegel chronicle the process of becoming a reader: from pulling a book off the shelf and finding someone with whom to share a story, to reading aloud, predicting what will happen, and—finally—coming to The End. This picture book playfully and movingly illustrates the idea that the reader who discovers the love of reading finds, at the end, the beginning.
K-Gr 2—In 10 easy steps, each one expanded upon, this metafictive tale offers its young audience a primer not merely on how to read, but on how to read a picture book aloud and enjoy it. Beginning with Step 1, “Find a Story,” the book guides a mop-haired kid and his whimsically blue dog through all the necessary stages by using a story within a story called “The Princess, the Dragon, and the Robot.” Other steps include finding a friend to read to, getting comfortable, reading with expression, showing the pictures, sounding out unfamiliar words, and using pictures for clues—all wonderfully useful advice for new readers. Siegel’s bright cartoonish illustrations in watercolor and ink lighten the mostly practical text with a few funny moments—the boy stuck in the chair with the dog, the princess taking the dragon for a walk. A nice departure from the typical focus on silent personal reading that educates without being overly didactic. VERDICT This title works for classroom discussions or sharing with a buddy, just as the book suggests.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY