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The Wild Book by Margarita Engle
Summary: Fefa struggles with words. She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write. Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping and hopping away like bullfrogs. How will she ever understand them? But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. “Think of it as a garden,” she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book. She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky at first, then growing stronger and surer with each new day. And when her family is threatened, it is what Fefa has learned from her wild book that saves them.
When I first read the description of this book I was eager to read it. Recently, my school has put into place to programs to help dyslexic students. I was hoping this would be a great resource for those students. Sadly, I was disappointed.
The story is about an 11 year old girl with “word blindness” who receives a book with white pages to write her thoughts as a way to work her way through the challenges of being dyslexic. A great idea, but it doesn’t live up to it’s potential.
I’m not sure who the target audience is. Is it students who face these challenges. Is it parents or educators who work with dyslexic students? Amazon recommends the book for ages 10 and up, but based on my experience with my students, I believe it would be not only a difficult read, but one that would not appeal to very many of them. Older students and adults will be more suited to appreciating the beautiful word play and verse format.
This is not a book, I will be purchasing for this for my school library.