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The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting

The Wednesday Surprise

by Eve Bunting

Other authors: Donald Carrick (Illustrator)

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I like this book for several reasons. One reason why I like this book is the plot. The plot of this story was not something many readers will expect, including myself. When the reader first looks at the cover it looks like a grandmother is reading a story to her grandchild but the real plot of the story is that the grandchild is teaching her grandmother how to read. Another reason why I like this book is the writing. The story flowed really well because of the writing used to take the reader from day to day until it was the day of the surprise. The writing was also engaging because the reader was trying to figure out what the Wednesday Surprise was going to be. This type of writing is good for young readers because it motivates them to keep reading. The message of this story is that not everyone who is older knows how to read and even young children can teach people even if they are older than them. This message is important for students to realize because I think most assume that everyone knows how to read. Students may also think that they cannot teach people who are older than them because they are not smart enough.
  lbrink2 | Feb 18, 2015 |
This might be my favorite book. It could be a good read for anyone.It shows that a teacher can be any age as well as the student. It would be good to ready to younger children before they learn to read and to older people that are have trouble reading. So they can see it is never to late. ( )
  jforrest21 | Sep 28, 2014 |
age 3-5, Pierce College Library
  SWong4512 | May 28, 2014 |
Anna surprises her father for his birthday by teaching her grandmother to read.

Ages: 4-5

Source: Public Library
  StephanieVega | May 19, 2014 |
In my opinion this book had a good plot as well as the main character being portrayed nicely. However, the pictures in the book are very clumped together. I think that children can relate to this book because they may do the activities that are in the book at their own home. For example, they are trying to plan a surprise for their dads birthday and they must keep it from their dad. Children love surprises and this book will most likely get them excited. The author also does a nice job of giving descriptions in the book of what is going on. For example, the grandmother and the granddaughter are constantly together and the author shows the relationship they have together. In the beginning of the book there is a picture of them hugging and later on they read together. I think this book would have to be for 3rd-5th grade because the story line can be difficult to follow but at the same time it can be enjoyable for students. ( )
  mooste2 | Feb 10, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0899197213, Hardcover)

Anna and Grandma are planning a surprise for Dad's birthday. Dad thinks he has received all his presents, but Grandma stands up and gives him the best one of all: she reads aloud the stories that Anna has taught her.

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On Wednesday nights when Grandma stays with Anna everyone thinks she is teaching Anna to read.

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