Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Day That A Ran Away: Book Review


Title: The Day That A Ran Away
ISBN: 978-1925810011
 Author: B C R Fegan
Illustrator: Lenny Wen
Price: $8.99 Paperback | $15.99 Hardcover
34 pages | Grades: Kindergarten - 1 | Ages: 3-6
Genre: Children’s Literature

Master Jet has forgotten to complete his homework... or has he? Jet's teacher is surprised to find that instead of the alphabet, his page is completely blank. Jet tries to explain that it really isn't his fault. After all, how can he help it, if none of his letters want to stay on the page!


THOUGHTS
Reading is a valuable way to pass time. Educational reading is an even more valuable way to pass time. As an adult, educational reading can be a bit boring. As a child, colorful pictures and silly plots can blur the lines between what is educational to read, and what is fun. These subtly-educational books are great because not only do are they fun to read, but they can also carry an important lesson to learn, or information to remember, all the while engaging our little-one’s minds, and encouraging them to read more. 

“The day that A ran away” is the perfect example of a book that is educational, carries an important lesson, but is also very fun to read. My four year old loves this clever little book. It has whimsically -drawn pictures that illustrate the story while almost jumping off of the page. The story’s main character is supposed to have written his alphabet in class, but he has failed to do so. When his teacher asks why he has not written his alphabet, the boy explains that he could not. He then tells an elaborate tale of each letter going away, every letter was busy doing something different. Each letter gets a full page, and the last word of each page rhyme in a clever way that flows throughout the book. This book has its own rhythm and that makes it super-fun to read! 

In the end, the boy is punished, or rather the “letters” are punished for running away, as the teacher says. The boy must write the alphabet 20 times! The fun and games are, of course, over at this point. This is the lesson of the book. It would have been far easier for the boy to have simply written the alphabet then make up an excuse for each letter. But then again, it wouldn’t have made nearly as cute or entertaining of a book to engage and enlighten our little ones, which this book accomplishes very well. 


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