The Wash Rag, Winter 2006

You are receiving this E-mail because of you contacted The Reading Tub, Inc. and expressed interest in the Reading Tub™ either as someone requesting our services or as a registered reader. If you no longer wish to receive this quarterly newsletter, please click here. Greetings! As we begin our journey into 2006, I have been struck by the number of reports I’ve seen about adults “announcing” their struggle with illiteracy. I’ve read interviews with professional sports figures, successful businessmen, and others with great personal achievement. Despite their outward success, they have–for decades in many cases–lived with the shame and kept the secret that they could neither read nor write their name. I find myself amazed by their creativity in keeping … Read more

The Holiday Book Bag, December 2005

We have forty seasonal titles in our virtual book bag. This is our collection of books worthy of your holiday library. Whether you are sharing a picture book with a young pre-reader or have an independent reader looking for something a little more “grown up,” there’s something for everyone on our list. Arctic Airlift by Richard Ross. When Robert, listening on his radio in the Midwest, learns from an Airship Captain that the Polar Ice Pack has cracked in several places, he knew that could spell trouble for Santa, and Christmas. Can Robert get help to Santa from where he sits in Middle. This is a Santa story. [ ages 7 to 10] Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera. Sophie is … Read more

The Book Bag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, November/December 2005

Yes, I know it’s a little late for a November-related post, but we had nearly 40 reviews in November, so it took a bit to get them all up on the web site. Here are some of our favorite non-seasonal books. I am posting a separate Holiday Book Bag with great tales for all ages! The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving by Ellen Sabin. The Giving Book teaches children to not only learn about giving and the reasons why we give but allows them to participate by writing down their thoughts about giving. [Watering Can Press, 2004] The Obstacle Course by Neal Voron. The “Obstacle Course” referred to in the title is what one would … Read more