Monday, May 12, 2014

Bookmarks Are People Too! by: Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Bookmarks Are People Too! is the first in the Here's Hank series written by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver.  There is something very unique about this book and that is the font used for the text.  The font was developed by Christian Boer and it is called Dyslexie.  It is designed to make letters more distinct from one another in order to help dyslexic readers.

Hank is a second grader who has a hard time at school.  Letters and numbers get mixed up in his head which makes spelling, reading and math difficult.  Hank has many friends who help him at school and he also has classmates that try to make his life harder than it needs to be.  Hank and his friend, Frankie, are excited about the play that their class is preparing for Children's Reading Week.  They each have a script that they can use to practice all weekend to be prepared for tryouts on Monday.  Frankie is hoping to be the lead in the play and Hank hopes to be the superhero Aqua Fly.  When Hank is unable to remember his lines his teacher gives him an extra special character to play, the bookmark.  It is here that Hank is able to really shine.  He is able to add a couple of laughs to the play as well as save the play.  You'll be anxious to read the next book in this series to see what Hank will accomplish next.

When finished reading this book, you might want to create a play just like the students did in Ms. Flowers' class at P S 87.  What book characters would you choose to have parts in your play?  I'd love to hear from you.

Happy Daily Reading

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