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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

Spring 2003 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Niki Daly
ISBN: 0-374-35633-5
Hardcover Price: $16.00
A slight but memorable picture book is this tale about a small South African girl, Sarie, who “hated reading aloud in class.” She stutters and stammers as the words trip up her tongue, and her classmates giggle – all except Emile who thinks Sarie is pretty as a princess. Auntie Anna sympathizes, and when a dusty old copy of Cinderella turns up under the back seat of Auntie Anna’s wreck of a car, the two of them read it together. After several weeks of reading and rereading, Sarie not only remembers all of the story, but “she could even see some of the words.” Any child who is having trouble with reading will find solace and encouragement in this charmingly told (and illustrated) story.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2003 Parents' Choice

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