Title: Horatio Humble Beats the Big “D”
Written by: Margot E. Finke
Illustrated by: Ellen Gurak
Published by: Guardian Angel Press, 2010
E-book ISBN: 13: 978-1-61633-102-3; 161633102X
E-book Price: $5.00
Ages: 5-10 years of age
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth
Synopsis: This book is about a little boy, Horatio Humble, who is trying to discover why he has trouble reading when he is asked to do so in class. He excels in all of his other subjects, but really struggles with reading. He wanted so much to read, but he just couldn’t. When his parents met with the teacher, he was diagnosed as dyslexic and his teacher put him in touch with a special education teacher who would help him to overcome his reading difficulties. At first this really upset him. But as time went on and he learned how to read, he was very happy and even proud of himself. This is such an uplifting book for kids who are dyslexic.
Overall thoughts: Margot Finke’s book is a very important, informative, and rhythmical book about dyslexia. This is a topic that many kids, teachers, and parents don’t want to discuss. However, a book like this will be able to really inform parents and teachers of what to look out for to determine if their child is dyslexic and open up some much needed communication about this topic.
I will be talking to one of the principles in our elementary school system before the end of the school year and again in September to make sure that teachers consider making this book as part of the curriculum. A book like this can also help kids who are dyslexic to realize that it isn’t the end of the world if they have this condition. It can be overcome, and the child can not only learn to read properly but also (s)he can learn to love reading. What a hopeful message for kids and their caregivers!
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