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The Girl Who Hated Books

by Manjusha Pawagi, illustrated by Leanne Franson

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list price: $7.95
edition:Paperback
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published: Oct 1998
ISBN:9781896764092
publisher: Second Story Press
Description

Meena hates books. But when she accidentally knocks over a stack, out from the pages tumble an assortment of characters. To find their way back into the proper books, Meena has to read!

About the Authors
Manjusha Pawagi was a journalist, children’s author and lawyer before being appointed a family court judge in 2009. Her children's book The Girl Who Hated Books is an international bestseller, translated into more than a dozen languages and made into an award-winning animated short by the National Film Board of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her husband Simon and children Jack and Anna.
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LEANNE FRANSON first studied Fine Arts at Concordia University. After working as a dishwasher, massage therapist, short-order cook, waitress, foot courier, and clerk at a fine arts materials shop, she decided to devote herself to illustrating children's books. Originally from Regina, SK, she lives with her son, two cats, and her Saint-Bernard in Montreal.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 7
Grade:
k to 3
Reading age:
5 to 8
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Library of Clean Reads

In our house, we have fun reading. And yes, books are everywhere... in the kitchen, bedrooms, living room, den, home office... much like at Meena's house, except at her house they are literally everywhere! Her parents keep bringing books home but Meena hates books and reading. Until one day, a huge stack of books fall and all the characters in them fall out, making Meena realize that books are full of wondrous characters and not just words.

As she begins reading to find out where the characters belong, they all eventually return to their stories, making Meena relieved that she has helped them find their way home but also sad because she thinks she will never see them again until she realizes that all she needs to do is open the books again and begin reading.

In 2003, this book was chosen as the Grade One book giveaway distributed in conjunction with TD Canadian Children's Book Week to all the children in this grade level across Canada. I can see why. This is the perfect book to introduce children who do not like to read to books as more than just words. Meena made friends with the characters she discovered in the books that she initially refused to open. It's important to make our children discover the beauty and practicality of books without forcing books down their throat. Meena was determined to hate books, but on her own, came to the conclusion that she didn't hate them after all. Isn't that how it should be?

— Library of Clean Reads

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