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The Reader [Kindle Edition]

Amy Hest , Lauren Castillo
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this timeless picture book, a new reader trudges through deep snow with a mysterious suitcase in tow. He has something important to share with his faithful companion, who bolts ahead to wait at the top of a tall hill. Our small hero climbs higher and higher, until finally, he is there, too. Then he opens his suitcase—click, click—and soon the only sound in the world is the sound of the reader reading their very favorite book to the very last page…the very last word.

Amy Hest’s spare evocative text is a true celebration of new readers and good friends everywhere, while Lauren Castillo’s pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, with their bold saturated colors against winter white, perfectly capture the wonder and delight of this magical day.

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Ages 4-8— Reading anytime, anywhere is touted in this story about a boy, his dog and a snowy day. Never named in the text, the titular reader packs up a suitcase for a day of sledding and reading with his dog. Reaching the hilltop, they frolic about, making snow “angels … snowballs … more angels … and a snow dog for the dog.” Then, it’s time for “warm drinks and crunchy toast for two.” Well-fed and satisfied with their play, instead of heading home to read indoors, the reader takes out a book called Two Good Friends and reads aloud to his dog, delightedly saying, “Just like us!” at book’s end. After repacking the suitcase, they then sled downhill and return home. Although the premise might seem a bit odd—the snowy scene could spell book damage, after all—one might regard it as the wintertime equivalent of a beach read. The evocation of imaginative play on a snowy day is reminiscent of Uri Shulevitz’s Snow (1998) and, of course, The Snowy Day. Castillo’s soft, inked lines and luscious watercolors echo the text’s gentle tone. Subtle incorporation of white painted letters falling like snow around the pair during the read-aloud scene adds a lovely touch to a spread begging to be made into a poster touting the joys of reading. A charming (if rather implausible) celebration of a snowy, book-y, day. — Kirkus, May 2012

About the Author

Amy Hest's many acclaimed children's books include the New York Times bestseller Kiss Good Night. A three-time winner of the prestigious Christopher Award, she lives in New York City. She claims to have absolutely no hidden talents, unless you count an uncanny interest in coffee ice cream and certain dogs in the Wheaten Terrier or Airedale family. Amy likes to take long walks (in the city), ride a bike (in the city), and swim (also in the city). She likes movies and reading, of course!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read 23 Jan. 2013
By Jen1977
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What a lovely story to read especially when it's snowing outside
On a lovely winters night as bedtime story .brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reader 27 Jan. 2015
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A little boy sets out with his sled, his pet dog and a suitcase. They climb a hill and eat and play and then, “at last the reader reads.” This is a charming story about sharing books whenever and wherever you are. The unlikely place the little boy chooses to read shows children that stories can be enjoyed anywhere. The illustrations are sweet, the story simple and it has a lovely message. A wonderful book to share with the little reader in your life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Age appropriate 2 Mar. 2014
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Enjoyed the storyline and writing style. My boys age 7 and 5 enjoyed the Good characters. Well written book. Worth the price
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story of a boy and his dog 18 Feb. 2014
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Loved the simple story. Evokes the special bond between aboyand his dog. The simple things they do together . In the snow then safely back home. An adult less world that is totally uncomplicated. Just dog and boy. Beautifully illustrated. A book to keep rereading. Lovely
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Reader 17 Feb. 2014
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Book is well written good for small children easy to follow good as a bedtime story relaxing and not to long so small children can get to end of story before sleep.
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This is a very user friendly and charming ebook.
The illustrations are beautiful and capture the character of the dog and child well.
It is a peaceful story if the comfort, trust and companionship of a boy and his dog. :-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 11 Feb. 2014
By Douglas
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Very sweet and some fantastic words. It's never too early for learning wonderful words. Beautiful illustrations too. A really enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute 15 Jan. 2013
By Hel
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Conjured happy images of childhood. A child's best friend is often their dog. Lovely. Absolutely charming. Read this to your kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fun to read allowing room for imagination to roam.
Fun and enjoyable for. Good use of descriptions that allows the imagination to roam for the whole audience young or old.
Published 4 months ago by Rachel Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it!
My 3 year old sat enthralled. And says "I like it, bye!" A truly delightful book. So nice to have the lovely pictures to explore and talk about. Great!
Published 14 months ago by Jo Wakia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for grandson
Love downloading books for my grandson because it saves all the clutter on his bedroom floor plus they will come in handy for the baby when he is old enough not dog eared books
Published 14 months ago by Bert11
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
Gentle story unfolds with enough variety of pace when reading loud, and footprints for little fingers to follow (though have to be clean for the screen - special treat reading on... Read more
Published 14 months ago by je
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Just when you think the story is starting it ends even my 3 year old granddaughter was a little shocked .....
Published 14 months ago by Polly
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Illustrations
This wasn't what I expected when I read the blurb but it is a nice read with some lovely drawings.
Published on 5 Mar. 2013 by Leona McConochie
4.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely Amy Hest book
I have a feeling this is a reprint of an older favourite. However, the more recently released 'Charley's First Night' (also Amy Hest) is far superior, in every way. Read more
Published on 6 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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