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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 30, 2020
The first parenting book I ever read was Jim Trelease's "Read-Aloud Handbook" - 5th Edition. It's also the best parenting book I've ever read. My wife and I give this to nearly every expectant parent we know. We believe reading-aloud is that foundational to good parenting. That being said, this update is not the book I remember. It's been poorly rewritten and in need of editing. Jim's warm and grandfatherly voice is gone, replaced with... an over-the-top enthusiasm? I'm not sure what to call it. It's like Mr. Rogers was replaced by Binky the Clown. It's grating. I hated this update so much I feel guilty that I gave one copy away, not realizing what I'd just done. Please do yourself a favor: look for an older edition. The 7th edition is great - but my 5th edition still holds up well. The only real changes since had been mostly updated resources and statistics. The heart of the book - what sold me on this lifestyle - has remained the same for years. But that heart is now missing in the 8th edition.