Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Dad Couldn't Read - a book review

Quote of the day:

"Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study.  Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life."  -Henry L. Doherty

Featured book of the day:

Author and Illustrator:  Carey Rigby-Wilcox

Let's take a peek inside shall we?

About the book:

Oh the pain and shame of not being able to read.  The agony of not knowing why and giving up hope.  The triumph of seeking out help, using brute determination and grit to work the problem through, and the ecstasy of conquering that illiterate demon. The over-the-moon feeling of being proud of yourself because yes,  yes you can, and did reach your goal of being a successful lifelong reader. Kudos to you for a job well done! 

Carey-Rigby Wilcox in her book, "Dad Couldn't Read", takes you through a literacy journey of a very special man who struggles in school and feels ostracized and inferior because he cannot read. Those words on the page just did not make any sense to him. They did not line up to make a sentence, or a paragraph or tell a story. He cannot read out loud to anyone for fear of ridicule and reading does not bring joy and happiness to his soul as he tackles a new book.  Finally, discouraged and despondent he gives up, quits school without graduating and goes off to work.  

As his life journey continues he marries and has a little baby boy.  When he cuddles that tiny infant he realizes that something is missing in his life and he wants more than anything now to be able to read proficiently and be a role model of learning and literacy success to his little one that he has cradled in his arms.  

The most beautiful part of the story is how both dad and son form a special bond around reading success and work very hard every night together to have both their dreams come true!  I highly recommend this book.  

About the author:

“Promoting Literacy for Personal Success”

Forty-two percent of Canadian adults between the ages of 16 and 65 have low literacy skills these numbers are determinded by: International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) I am a
n adult learner that fits into this alarming static.  I have worked with a literacy tutor for over 23 years.  Today I am motivated and passionate to help create awareness and inspire change.  My personal mission is to create books that speak to adults and children who maybe be struggling with literacy as I once did.  I want to eliminate the shame that often comes with low literacy and encourage others to reach out for help. 

My books offer an insight into the lives of those 42% of Canadians that face each day without the literacy skills necessary to live life to its fullest.  
I hope to inspire readers to become tutors or volunteer at a school reading program, to advocate for those who struggle or to sponsor books to those who will find support and encouragement through my stories.  I have dedicated my life to creating awareness and support to the issue of literacy in my home province of Saskatchewan, and I plan to expand my message across Canada and beyond.

My life's journey has guided me towards my deepest passions – literacy and art. I am now combining these strengths. Currently, I am a businessperson, a self-published author and illustrator. 
I want to leave you with this message; it’s never to late to learn, you are not alone, and most of all...your are worth it!

                                 -- Forever a life learner!

Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Everyone needs to read.

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