Jimmy Finds His Voice by James Doti

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Jimmy has been in the first grade for a few months now, but he still thinks the huge doors at the entrance to the school are scary. It's not just the big doors that are making him nervous and a little scared; it's knowing that as soon as he speaks, the other kids in class will laugh and make fun of him. Jimmy knows what he wants to say, but sometimes the words come out wrong.

Jimmy gets even more nervous when his teacher, Mrs. Lyons, tells the children they will be performing a play called ''The Elves and the Shoemaker''...and she casts Jimmy as one of the elves. Mrs. Lyons assures Jimmy that he'll do just fine. But how will he ever be able to speak in front of the audience? Jimmy Finds His Voice is James Doti's second book based on his childhood. His positive caring message, told in his gentle style, will appeal to children and to the adults who read to them. Lisa Mertin's charming illustrations bring the story to life.


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James (Jimmy) Doti is the son of Italian immigrants. Hardly a day went by when their children weren't reminded to do well in school so they could go on to college. Jimmy was a good student, but in his early years of grammar school, he had to work hard to overcome a speech impediment. He ultimately earned a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago and now serves as president of Chapman University in Orange, California.Author's Home: Orange, CA
Published January 1, 2013 by Itasca Books. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Though the text is lengthy for a first-grade picture book, and there’s a distracting shift from present to past tense as Mrs. Lyons shares the story behind the play, the illustrations by Mertins are wholly appealing.

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