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Arthur and the Race to Read (Arthur Good Sports Chapter Book) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/4/1
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Arthur and the Race to Read To raise money for a literacy drive, everyone at Arthur's school is going to run a race together. Arthur and his friends buddy up to train, but Fern seems uninterested in winning or even just improving her speed. Will everyone else be able to inspire her in time for Race Day? Presented in chapter-book format, for children who are ready to read on their own, this tale of competition will surely be a hit among Arthur fans.
Marc Brown is the author and illustrator of the Arthur Adventure series and D.W. titles and codeveloper of the two-time Emmy Award-winning PBS children's television series, Arthur. He lives with his family in Hingham, Massachusetts, and on Martha's Vineyard.
Arthur and his friends all have a different approach to running and when a race to raise funds for a literacy program is announced, their approaches are put to the test. They train, study and prepare for fame. Fern, however, just "enjoys the view" and the pressure from her friends to join them in being competitive drives her to avoid them. On the day of the big race, each of the friends falls victim to their own training choices and the winner is... the winner is the literacy program!
I like that the group to benefit from the race is a program to put books in kids' hands, a nice message for a book to carry. There is the comparison to the tortoise and the hare story, but that hardly takes a genius to make that connection - Arthur himself says it on the last page. Rather than view that as a negative, I recommend using old friends like Arthur to lead your child to Aesop.
The illustrations are cartoon quality but are only black and white, a disappointment for fans of the show. Other than that, a nice chapter book for young readers, with a good lesson in the importance of reading that plants the idea that kids can help others overcome illiteracy.