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Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives

By Mem Fox & Mem Fox (Narrator)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.4" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Feb 1, 2009
Publisher   OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN  1598594818  
EAN  9781598594812  

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Argues that reading aloud to children is a vital part of their educational development, exploring how and where to read to achieve the best effects.

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We all hope and expect our children will learn to read, but how many of us realize we can get our kids on the road to reading simply by reading aloud to them every day? With passion and humor, Mem Fox explains why reading aloud to young children has such an impact on their ability to read--and on their entire lives. Writing as an ordinary mother as well as a bestselling author and internationally respected literacy expert, Fox explores when and where to read aloud and demonstrates with clear, easy-to-follow examples how to read aloud to best effect and how to get the most value and joy out of a read-aloud session. Filled with practical advice, activities, and inspiring true read-aloud miracles, this audiobook is a must for "every "parent--and for anyone who would like to know more about how children learn to read.

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More About Mem Fox & Mem Fox

Mem Fox Mem Fox is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies (Flinders University, South Australia), and also Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author. Her first publication, Possum Magic, is the best selling children’s book in Australia. It is thirty years old this year (2013) and is still available in hard-back. She has written many other internationally best-selling books for children including Time for Bed, Where Is The Green Sheep? and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, a copy of which was Australia’s official gift to Prince George, the new royal baby. Mem has also written several non-fiction books for adults, including her renowned book for parents: Reading Magic. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages. She has received many civic honours and awards, and three honorary doctorates. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia, but leaps around a bit as an advocate for literacy and literature.

She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

Mem Fox currently resides in Adelaide. Mem Fox was born in 1946.

Mem Fox has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Reading Rainbow Books

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Some good advice, but annoyingly talks down to the reader  Jul 30, 2009
It seems very mean to give an average review to a well-written book with such a positive message, but that is what I'm going to do.

First, "the good." Being a professional writer, Mem Fox not surprisingly produced a nicely-written book. She states her views clearly and often engagingly. She has usefully divided her text into mini-sections, which read like mini-essays. Usually, I enjoyed the fact that she honestly arranged her text in a way that made it clear that there was not so much a continuous narrative; sometimes I didn't like it so much, precisely because there wasn't a continuous narrative and the production was a little epigrammatic and scattershot. But this is a minor objection. Again, on the whole, the writing and construction was great.

More importantly--and what makes me give this 3 stars instead of 2--is that much of the advice here is very solid. As a papa who has read to his now-3-year-old son for three years almost every day, and often for an hour or more per day, I think she has got a lot right. Her basic message is rather simple and more suited to a magazine article than a book--the advantages and method of reading aloud to very small children--but she manages to fill out the theme with sound advice and interesting anecdotes. But don't get me wrong, the book isn't tedious in the least.

This is a highly personalized book. She is constantly referring to herself, her family, her experiences, and above all her opinions.

This leads me to "the bad." Throughout, speaking in the tone of the elder Authority, she is constantly and (to me) very annoyingly talking down to the reader. The problem is that the reader is not led through rational argument and gentle persuasion to arrive at a certain attitude; instead, he is made to feel berated--unenlightened, unexpert, or just plain stupid--if he disagrees or even if he merely wants more explanation.

Since most of what she has to say is common sense anyway, it is easy to ignore this annoying habit through much of the book. But when she ventures into even mildly controversial territory, the pedantic style becomes obnoxious, at least to me. Flipping through the book to a random page (p. 17), I find this. She says that it is important to be exposed to a wide variety of words, "through books and through conversation with others, *not passively from television*" (italics in original). I share Fox's disdain for having kids watch much TV--organizing watchknow dot org has given me an appreciation for educational videos, though--but italicizing a point does not constitute an argument for it, it merely evinces the author's hifalutin contempt for those who believe (or act) to the contrary.

There are examples like this throughout the book. In her most "controversial" chapter, on the reading wars ("Phokissing on Fonix"), she does give arguments of a sort. But the arguments are frankly embarrassing, ably mocked and debunked long before Fox wrote not just by Rudolph Flesch in his "Why Johnny Can't Read" and "Why Johnny Still Can't Read," but also by the vast bulk of replicable, peer-reviewed, scientific studies of the subject, none of which receives any attention here. Let me be clear here: I am not criticizing Fox here because I disagree with her strident anti-phonics stance, but because her arguments against phonics are, despite being boneheaded, advanced with such completely unwarranted confidence and annoyingly didactic tone.

Lest you think I am criticizing her just because we disagree about synthetic phonics, I'd also point your attention to the last chapter, "Boys and Reading." I have a three-year-old boy who can read and understand at the 2nd or 3rd grade level. This is mainly because I read to him a lot (a lot more than his mama does), and ran my finger under the words as I read them. After teaching him the alphabet with a zillion alphabet books and the Alphabet Bus, then showing him how to sound out words with refrigerator magnets, I showed him (in a completely unpressured way) a lot of phonics flash cards that I made for him. He loves books and I love reading to him. This is all completely unpressured--if he doesn't want to do or read something, we move on to something else. So the whole presumption of this chapter, that boys and fathers don't want to have a lot to do with reading, I found to be rather offensive. Yes, yes, I'm sure she didn't mean to be talking about people like my boy and me, but the whole approach to the subject just confirmed my impression of her tendency toward dogmatism and a kind of prejudice.

The main thing, I guess, is that I just don't like to be talked down to.
Fabu!  Jul 13, 2009
This book is so very excellent. For anyone who wants to the whats, whens, wheres, whys and hows about reading to your children - this is the book for you. She has fun and informative chapters and is a quick-easy read. Her children's books are very sweet as well.
Should be required reading  Dec 25, 2008
"Reading Magic" by Mem Fox should be required reading, particularly by our elected morons who foisted the No Child Left Behind testing, retesting, remediation and blackberries upon our luckless children, while they send their own ruling class offspring to private schools.
Fox's book was recommended at a "Thousand Books Before Kindergarten" seminar. According to the moderator, the middle class child has 2,500 reading-to hours prior to school and the proletariat child, so to speak, has twenty-five. Imagine the disadvantage the disadvantaged enters school with! Several libraries, while the weasel in Washington has cutting Reading is Fun-damental, which his mother grabbed many political points with, out of the federal budget, have begun programs encouraging parents to read at least 1,000 books, beginning at birth, to their children before they enter kindergarten.
But, back to the book, Fox discusses the importance of reading, from birth on, to the mental development of the child and the educational management's schemes designed so that everyone in the classroom knows who the slowest reader is. (P.146) Phonics does not get terrific reviews either. (P. 163)
According the Fox, the infant needs to be read to aloud often and regularly. The importance of rhymes and fairy tales was also discussed. There was even a suggestion that television might dull the child's mind.
I cannot stress enough the importance of this book,but only award it a four star because those who really need to avail themselves to this title do not even know it exists.
One of the best books I have read  Dec 11, 2008
Este libro es uno de los mejores que he leido (y he leido muchos!!) respecto en como apoyar y fomentar crecimiento literario en tu hijo.
Altamente recomendado.
La autora te demuestra muchas fases y efectos que la lectura tiene en tu hijo desde pequenho incluyendo vocabulario, conocimiento general, sentimiento hacia los libros, fonetica.
Wonderful book to interest your child in reading  Nov 30, 2008
Reading aloud to your child is simply crucial to your child's development.

It's also a perfect quiet time for a parent to spend with a child, a cuddle at the end of the day. As the author points out, children who are read to are much more ready for school, and go on to enjoy reading much more.

I do not, however, agree, with his take on phonics. The research does not agree with him, either. Although the author points out children he has known who have learned to read with whole language: "Josephine was read the same stories repeatedly...Josie taught herself to read using whole language" (p 160).

There has been a great deal of research done on the subject, and it is clear that phonics helps children to read better.

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