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The reading promise : my father and the books we shared
Ozma, Alice
Adult Nonfiction Z1003.2 .O96 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Named for two literary characters ("Alice" from Lewis Carroll and "Ozma" from L. Frank Baum), the author is the daughter of a Philadelphia-area elementary school librarian. Father and daughter embarked on a streak of reading-out-loud sessions every night before bed as Ozma was growing up. At first they decided on 100 nights straight of reading before bed-a minimum 10 minutes, before midnight, every night, no exceptions-then it stretched to 1,000, and soon enough the author was headed to college and they had spent eight years straight reading before bedtime, from Oz stories to Shakespeare. Reading with her father offered a comforting continuity in the midst of her mother's disquieting move away from the family, her older sister's absence as a foreign exchange student, and the parsimoniousness of her single father. Ozma's account percolates chronologically through her adolescence, as father and daughter persevered in their streak of nightly reading despite occasional inconveniences such as coming home late, sleepovers (they read over the phone), and a rare case of the father's laryngitis. Ozma's work is humorous, generous, and warmly felt, and with a terrific reading list included, there is no better argument for the benefits of reading to a child than this rich, imaginative work. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

When Ozma was in fourth grade, her dad, school librarian Jim Brozina, agreed to read aloud to her for 100 nights. Her older sister had left for college and her mother had left altogether, so it was great bonding time for father and daughter. Celebrating the 100th day at a favorite eating spot, they agreed to continue what had proved to be a wonderful experience. And continue they did, for 3,218 consecutive nights, up to the day she left for college. Later, when Ozma wrote about what she and her dad called "the Streak" for a graduate school application essay, her adviser was so impressed that she contacted the New York Times. What resulted was a big news story-and this utterly charming memoir, which blends Ozma's reading experience with a perfectly phrased account of her upbringing and shows us just how much she learned. -VERDICT Sweet, engaging, and obviously inspiring (it even ends with a "Reading Promise"), this is the perfect book to hand any curmudgeon who needs reminding that reading makes a difference or thinks that today's youth are all blase. Highly recommended with this bonus question: where did Kristen Alice Ozma Brozina get her full name? [See Prepub Alert, 1/15/11.]-Barbara -Hoffert, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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