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Post by Riszell » 16 Jul 2018, 04:49

It is a children's book, so questions and discussions could be a confusion but I cannot deny that they also have advantages. It may depend on the reader.

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Post by Eileen R » 16 Jul 2018, 13:29

Questions would restrict the conversation as it would lead the reader in a certain direction. On top of that the main goal is to teach children how to read which in itself is an important task.

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Post by kandscreeley » 16 Jul 2018, 13:31

I think that's the job of the parent or teacher. Most likely the child at this age wouldn't be reading the book entirely on his or her own. The teacher/parent's job is to guide the student in discussion of the book. I don't think questions from the author are necessary.
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Post by Dahmy 10 » 16 Jul 2018, 15:59

There are truly lots of lessons to learn here like I said in my review. It is for the parent to point out these lessons though. I hope I contributed well because I really didn't get the part of the reader noting lessons.

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Post by Jkhorner » 17 Jul 2018, 08:08

I don’t think it would hurt to add a question/answer section in the back of the book as an option for parents. That being said, I appreciate the other commenters pointing out that the goal is learning to read, not learning to do chores. So maybe it’s not necessary, but it wouldn’t hurt.

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Post by lesler » 17 Jul 2018, 09:43

I understand what you're saying, but as soon as you are pointing out what they should be noticing, the discussion with children is lost. Most children do not need an oral prompt to share their likes and dislikes, and this book will provide a valuable push towards them being drawn towards making good choices.

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Post by AmySmiles » 17 Jul 2018, 10:11

I don't think questions after the book are necessary. I don't believe that was the intent of the author. A teacher or parent could coordinate the questions easily enough if they wanted to.
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Post by Gikonyo Caroline » 17 Jul 2018, 13:55

Questions are a great way to engage the readers especially older children and adults but for this target group which is young kids who are learning how to read,questions maybe a far stretch considering their mental capacity to grasp and interpret content. Even if questions are used the direct questions or multiple choice ones would be preferred.

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Post by Charlaigne » 17 Jul 2018, 18:21

I think that the idea of questions is a good one but would be more suitable for older readers. For this age, I think the questions are unnecessary in this book. Little ones just learning to read would have their focus on learning the words. The questions might be too much for them to handle at this stage. The parent or person teaching the kids might ask questions of their own accord, if they deem it necessary. I think that kind of approach works best.

At this stage, best to keep it simple I think.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 17 Jul 2018, 22:48

It wouldn't do the book any harm if questions were introduced at the back. It would be left up to the individual to answer these questions.

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Post by PABS » 18 Jul 2018, 08:58

I don't think that adding questions would improve the book. In fact, although it's been a really, really, really long time since I would qualify as the target audience for this book, I think adding questions might make this too much like a textbook and take away from the pleasure of reading it. The author's goal is to teach children to read. Parents will be with them; they can prompt conversations if they wish.

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Post by TaaraLynn » 18 Jul 2018, 18:01

kfwilson6 wrote:
13 Jul 2018, 14:13
I think the lessons are meant to be subtle. Sort of a subliminal messaging type of thing, like when a character in a movie drinks a coke, you may not realize later what made you want a coke, but it was that image of it on the screen. It's not a right in your face sort of lesson. I like it without the questions. Questions can be added by the parent during shared reading time.
Yes, exactly what I was thinking about parents asking the questions! :tiphat:
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Post by Tiny_Turtle » 19 Jul 2018, 01:13

Adding questions to the book would be like adding questions to Dr. Guess. Some books are just meant to be fun. The lessons are simple. The main one being learning to read. Questions would only complicate things.

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Post by Anthony Martial Tata » 21 Jul 2018, 00:39

Posing question at the end of each topic would be an excellent addition to the book. That would provoke the children thinking on Toni and help in memorization of the chapter contents.

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Post by pricklypurple » 22 Jul 2018, 07:43

I think that would make it a different style of book completely. I don't think it would add to it. Parents or teachers can come up with their own questions in the end if they need or want to.

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