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If You're So Smart, How Come You Can't Spell Mississippi?

$ 16.95
MCA Gold Award
Author(s): Barbara Esham
Audience: elementary school, counselors, parents

Readers will leave this book having learned a couple of lessons: dyslexia is common and lots of bright, successful people are dyslexic. When Katie, the young narrator, realizes that her Dad struggles with spelling, she’s genuinely surprised. Her Dad is smart and a successful lawyer. Katie’s Dad tells her that he is dyslexic, and that there are many accomplished adults who are also dyslexic. Katie, “a whiz at the library” does some research and is astonished to find that people who have struggled with reading and spelling have worked to conquer their learning difficulties, persevered and went on to become doctors, lawyers, scientists or artists. She is reminded of her classmate, Mark, who struggles with spelling tests and hides when asked to read aloud in class.

With simple language and engaging, skillful illustrations the author-illustrator team unmask something as complicated as dyslexia. For those who struggle with dyslexia, or know someone who does, this book

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