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The Reader [Kindle Edition]

Amy Hest , Lauren Castillo
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this timeless picture book, a new reader trudges through deep snow with a mysterious suitcase in tow. He has something important to share with his faithful companion, who bolts ahead to wait at the top of a tall hill. Our small hero climbs higher and higher, until finally, he is there, too. Then he opens his suitcase—click, click—and soon the only sound in the world is the sound of the reader reading their very favorite book to the very last page…the very last word.

Amy Hest’s spare evocative text is a true celebration of new readers and good friends everywhere, while Lauren Castillo’s pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, with their bold saturated colors against winter white, perfectly capture the wonder and delight of this magical day.


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From Publishers Weekly

As snow falls gently, Castillo’s (Happy Like Soccer) woodcutlike ink-and-watercolor spreads show a boy in red boots and scarf pulling a sled, accompanied by his dog. Hest (Letters to Leo) doesn’t name the boy; he’s “the reader” of the title. He takes the dog to the top of a hill, unpacks a winter picnic, and opens a book: “The dog waits. It is hard, but he is good at waiting. And then at last the reader reads.” Castillo’s cheerful, red-cheeked boy and his tail-wagging companion will engage younger viewers, while Hest’s spare, lyrical writing seems directed toward an older group (the sled’s “train tracks are impeccably straight. They are beautiful”). Although the read-aloud episode is at the heart of the book, there’s also satisfaction to be had from the boy’s experiments with parenting as he takes his dog on an outing, reads to him like a child, and “wraps the dog in his two strong arms.” A reassuring bedtime entry for a chilly night. Ages 4–8 --Publishers Weekly (Oct. 2012)

From Booklist

“The reader” is a small boy, all bundled up for the cold conditions outside. He has a brown shaggy dog, a red sled, a small suitcase, and the snow-covered world at his fingertips. Hest’s quiet, lyrical prose matches the stillness of the landscape, as she describes the reader’s journey: “Up and up he climbs, tilting in the wind, pulling in the blowing storm.” The little dog, who has bounded ahead, waits patiently at the top of the hill for his boy to join him. Once there (“the hill is very, very tall. The top is far, far away”), boy and dog make snow angels and a “snow dog” and snack on toast. Finally, the reader clicks open the mysterious suitcase, which contains not just any book, but “the very best book,” titled Two Good Friends. Perfect. This sweet story is beautifully imagined by Castillo, as her boldly outlined, colorful characters pop against the brilliance of a total whiteout. Share this with other pint-size readers who understand the joy of reading, anytime, anyplace.— Ann Kelley, Booklist Aug 2012

Product Details

  • File Size: 6741 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX6FQE
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reader October 24, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a perfect pairing of beautiful text and illustrations! Hest's spare, quiet text conveys the importance of the work at hand, and the inner strength of our tiny hero. Castillo's illustrations are her best ever, evoking the gray, quiet world of a snowy day, and the adventure, sharing and love of two good friends who venture into it with purpose and joy. Caldecott worthy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Celebration of Reading December 6, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I love this book because it presents reading as one of the finest things in the world. Which it is. But more than that, to me it instills a pride not only in reading, but in book ownership. My 2 year old grandson LOVES books, and he can often be found sitting in his room at home "reading" through his favorites. Of course, he can't read, but don't tell HIM that. He's had his favorite books read to him so many times, that he must have the concept of the story for each one tucked away in his mind, and can somehow recall it while looking at the pictures.

Never underestimate the power of reading to your children from the day you first bring them home.

The story is an enchanting one of the main character who so treasures the book in their possession, that they can't wait to reveal it, and read it to their friend. Beautiful watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations really take you into the story, and set mood and place in a masterful manner.

This has now become one of his favorite books, and his mother told me she discovered him in his room "reading" it on his own. It's become his treasure.

Would that all children would find treasure in reading and owning books.

Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, lyrical story encourages love of reading January 22, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The Reader is a short, gentle story for young children. It encourages a love of reading, as it tells the story of a boy (the reader) and his dog journeying through the snow to a special spot, to share a special snack, and a special story. While it does seem odd to me that the boy would choose the top of a snowy hill in winter to have a snack and read to his dog, I chose to look beyond that plot to point out a deeper lesson with my 6 year old daughter.

The story states that the trip up the hill is hard work, but the boy is good at working hard. The story states that the climb is long and slow, but the dog is good at waiting. I pointed out to my daughter that learning to read is long, hard work ... but that if she just keeps working hard, she'll get there! And once she really masters reading, her reading skills will take off just as quickly as the boy's trip back down the hill on his sled.

The illustrations are beautiful, with an old-fashioned, simple feel to them. The text is non-rhyming, non-rhythmic, but has a poetic style to it. There are a few places that are a bit rough. On one particular page-turn I thought I'd missed a page because it just seemed to not flow from the previous page, but I hadn't. That was how the story was written.

I had hoped this book would help encourage my daughter in her journey to learn to read. I'm not sure if it's a book she'll ask for again and again, or not. Only time will tell.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic! December 2, 2012
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This has become one of my favorite picture books. Having participated in a reading program for dogs and children the moment of the child and the dog reading together is a memory my dog and I have been fortunate to share with many children. Thank you Amy Hest for putting these feelings into words. And thank you Lauren Castillo for capturing so exquisitely that same feeling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great December 12, 2012
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This book is about a boy and his dog who travel to a nice spot in the snow to read their favorite book together.

The boy doesn't have a name and is called "the reader" throughout the story.

The illustrations are beautiful. The story was just okay for my kids.

Calling the kid "the reader" doesn't help kids relate to the boy and it probably wasn't necessary for the story but rather made for a catchy title of the book.

The book had potential but never quite reached it.

Overall, I'd say this one is just okay.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute book! October 28, 2012
By kmiller
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book. It is a great teaching book. Great for inferring. The illustations are darling and it creates lots of conversation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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THE READER is a picture book for children ages three through seven. It is the story of a boy who goes up a snowy mountain with his little brown dog. They play together in the snow, enjoy a snack, and the boy reads a story to the dog. Then they sled back to the comforts of home.

This is a simple story, with a lot of heart. The boy loves reading, and wants to share that love, even with his dog. The artwork is beautiful. The colors are saturated, and the colors and artistic style are child-friendly.

The style of the text, though, leads me to give this book a strong four rather than a five-star rating. A few of the words in the text, such as "impeccably," are not child-friendly words. Some of the sentence structure is a little clumsy. Overall, though, this is a good, quiet, "read-with-me" book for preschool and early school age children, the kind of book that this age group (but not much younger or older) will request for their story of the day.

About me: Though I presently teach college composition, I also have a degree in library science with a specialization in school library and literature for children and youth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid and soft introduction to the power of reading
Nice pace, heartwarming relationship, feeling of freedom in the outdoors, and solid self-recognition of reading skills! Then, there are the pictures - so clear. Read more
Published 3 days ago by louise
4.0 out of 5 stars A Boy and His Dog
A simple tale of a boy, his dog and a hill they must climb. At the top lies their true reward: a time out for snacks and a story to read before the journey home. Read more
Published 21 days ago by John Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccably delightful
A wonderful read for children from preschool through the early elementary grades. The story is simple and sweet, but it manages to capture the warmth of the friendship between the... Read more
Published 25 days ago by hootenholler
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reader
I loved the illustrations in this book and I thought my students would love this book and they did. They wanted me to read it over and over again.
Published 1 month ago by bunting
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I enjoyed this story. very sweet and a good bedtime story. it is all about peace and joy and friendship.
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer Lahey
5.0 out of 5 stars Three year old likes it . . . a lot.
Tells the tale of a model of a boy who shows how to work,have fun, and get it done. Read it.
Published 5 months ago by GT
5.0 out of 5 stars To read or not to read....now that's a silly question
The illustrations on the cover drew me in right away. I loved the woodcut like ink-and-watercolour pictures with a vintage feel that is so endearing to my taste. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Storywraps
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
This was a great book for my first grader who is having trouble with reading. A lot of sight words and words she could sound out on her own. It was also a sweet story.
Published 5 months ago by Denise H.
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely little book
Nice. Simple and readable and encourages reading. Wish it has been about a girl for a change but still nice. Great illustrations!
Published 5 months ago by Mary Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars The two best friends
A great book about a boy and his dog. It's snowing outside and they go up to the top of the world. They read a book called two best friends just like them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Christie E
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