Read for Me, Mama by Vashanti Rahaman

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Thursday is library day, Joseph's favorite day at school. Joseph loves books, and Thursday the librarian lets him take two books home: an easy book that he can read by himself and a harder book that someone can read for him. Joseph would love nothing more than to have Mama read for him. But it seems that Mama is always too busy. Then after supper one Saturday night, Joseph takes his book to the rocking chair where Mama is sitting and asks her to read for him. Mama begins to cry. The Truth is that Mama doesn't know how to read. Vashanti Rahaman's compassionate story of how a mother and son face the challenge of literacy is told with warmth and sensitivity, while Lori McElrath-Eslick's bold and beautiful oil paintings light the pages with images of hope and love.

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Vashanti Rahaman is the author of O Christmas Tree (Boyds Mills Press), illustrated by Frane Lessac. Born in Dominica, West Indies, she now lives in Rolla, Missouri.Lori McElrath-Eslick is the illustrator of Does God Know How to Tie Shoes? by Nancy White-Carlstrom. She lives in North Muskegon, Michigan.
Published February 1, 1997 by Boyds Mills Press. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rahaman (see review, above) creates a poignant story that is at its best in simple moments, as when Joseph's mother misses a schedule change at work because (readers realize) she couldn't read the posting.

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