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The wild book

by Engle, Margarita.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 5 copies
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Fefa struggles with words. She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write. Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping and hopping away like bullfrogs. How will she ever understand them?But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. "Think of it as a garden," she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book. She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky at first, then growing stronger and surer with each new day. And when her family is threatened, it is what Fefa has learned from her wild book that saves them.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Diagnosed as having word blindness, 11-year-old narrator Josefa, affectionately known as Fefa, struggles with reading and records her frustrations in this diary. Danger lurks in the 1912 Cuban countryside. Bandits rustle cattle and threaten to kidnap children. Her brother accidentally shoots himself, and the farm manager writes an ugly poem for Fefa that makes her feel uncomfortable. She eventually learns to read and triumphantly declares, I am surprised to discover / that I can no longer bear / the thought of an entire day / without the natural flow / of twining / vinelike words. Written in free verse and inspired by family stories, the slender narrative conveys the frustrations of dyslexia and captures the lush setting. On the minus side, Fefa's family members never emerge as distinct characters. Sprinkled with references to Cuban and Nicaraguan poetry, this lyrical glimpse of early twentieth-century Cuba will enrich multicultural studies.--Perkins, Linda Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Based on the life of the author's grandmother, Engle's (Hurricane Dancers) novel-in-verse is told in the voice of Josefa, an 11-year-old living in the Cuban countryside in the early 20th century, following the war for independence from Spain and U.S. occupation of the island. It's a turbulent time, with roaming bandits kidnapping children for ransom, but Fefa (as she's called) is preoccupied with her "word blindness," what is now called dyslexia. To help Fefa overcome her struggle to read and write, her poetry-loving mother gives her the wild book of the title, a blank book in which Fefa can practice "taming" the letters and words that seem to wriggle away as she tries to read them. "Throw wildflower seeds/ all over each page," her mother suggests. "Let the words sprout/ like seedlings,/ then relax and watch/ as your wild diary/ grows." Fefa persists until her disability is under control, but the denouement, in which a poem written by an unwelcome suitor saves Fefa's family from harm, feels contrived. Engle's writing is customarily lovely, but the plot is too thin to leave much of an impression. Ages 10-14. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Novels in verse.
Dyslexia -- Fiction.
Cuba -- History -- 1909-1933 -- Fiction.
Publisher Boston :Harcourt Children's Books,2012
Language English
Description 133 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780547581316
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