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5.0 out of 5 stars Got my 9 year old boy really excited about reading!, 27 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Island of the Blue Dolphins (Puffin Books) (Paperback)
My son is 9 years old and typically does not enjoy reading - I would say that he has an average reading ability for his age. We have tried many books to try to get him reading of his own accord, but had mediocre results. We got this book through an Amazon recommendation and when it arrived really didn't hold out much hope that he would get to grips with it. But we persevered and encouraged him to read a chapter to me or his Dad at bedtime each night and we did help him out with some words that he'd never encountered before (e.g., abalone, Aleuts to name but a few) in the first couple of chapters. It's also written in a more old-fashioned style (don't let that put you off though) - we encouraged him to ask questions about what stuff meant and he has done that repeatedly. We are more than half way through the book now and we can already see the improvement in his reading, making sentences more interesting to listen to by emphasis and use of the punctuation. The first couple of nights he groaned about having to read the book, but then it got him and he's pestered us ever since to listen to him read! How fabulous is that?! We're now more than half way through and he said last night that he didn't want to finish the book because he'd miss reading it! Then, as he was reading, I could hear the emotion in his voice at one point and was surprised to see tears running down his face - he was totally submerged in the story and feeling the emotion of the story - I explained to him that he had nothing to feel embarrassed about as I firmly believe that to feel the story so vividly is the mark of a truly great book and a great author. He's turned a real corner and this is the book that has done it - I just hope to find another book that excites him as much as this one has!
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2012 13:46:06 BDT
DonMike says:
Glad to hear your son has enjoyed this book - I read this book as a child and still remember it. Just waiting for my daughter to get a bit older so I can encourage her to try and read it (she also has issues with reading).

Posted on 8 Sep 2014 10:20:30 BDT
Reader says:
If you made this purchase from Avalondesign I think you have been very lucky on this particular occasion with this seller. I recently ordered an item from them which they then cancelled and relisted at a higher price. When I queried this with amazon they sent me an email LIEING that the original item had a disc missing. However, they were caught out in a lie as they had already re listed exactly the same item. I would worry about dealing with a business that is so ready to LIE to customers in order to cover up their mistakes.
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