Tuesday, December 8, 2015

If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi? - Barbara Esham

Summary: Katie always thought her dad was smart; he is one of the busiest attorneys in town! People are always asking him for advice! She has been a bit confused since asking him for help with her weekly spelling list. How can her very smart dad struggle with one of her spelling words? This definitely didn't make sense. the word Mississippi has changes everything...  Summary and image from goodreads.com

Review:  This is a book that we grabbed on one of those "We have ten minutes and have to get stuff from the library, ready - GO!" library trips.  Oh, you don't have those?  Hm.

Anyway, my kids needed something for their Reading Bingo charts, so we grabbed it and darted off.  They both read it, expecting something silly and lighthearted.  I read it with the same expectations.  Almost immediately, I could tell this was going to exceed my expectations, but I wasn't sure how.  

Esham has done a wonderful job creating an amazingly bright and relatable little protagonist.  She's observant, she's clever, and throughout the book, she comes to learn about dyslexia.  Finding out that her father (the smartest man she knows) had to learn to live with dyslexia opens her eyes to how a little boy in her class may feel.  But more than that, Esham takes our protagonist on an adventure to not only learn more about dyslexia, but to learn about notable scientists and figures who have overcome their challenges with dyslexia to rise to the tops of their fields.

For a book to introduce what many of us consider a learning disability and cast such a positive outcome on it, I was greatly impressed.  There are more books in this series, and if they all handle challenges with this grace, we'll be bringing them home!

Rating: Five stars

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