Book review: How to Read a Story, by Kate Messner, illustrated by Mark Siegel

Messner, Kate. How to Read a Story. Il. by Mark Siegel. Chronicle. 2015. $16.99. unp. 978-1-4521-1233-6. Ages 4-6.  P9Q9

Messner How to Read a StoryPeople who love to read may have forgotten that even this automatic skill requires instruction, and Messner has done exactly that in her cheerful, encouraging picture book delineating the ten steps in “how to read a story.” The directions may seem obvious—it starts with “Find a story” and ends with say “the end,” but that is what makes the book so accessible. In between, Siegel’s happy ink and watercolor illustrations make the steps even easier; for example, the boy reads his story to his dog while other family members gather around him. The step to “open the book” is the fifth one, showing the rituals of reading the book for enjoyment. Of course, looking at the cover comes immediately before that. Messner’s new book is a wonderful gift for teachers, parents, librarians, and anyone else who likes to read.

Summer 2015 reviews by Nel Ward.

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