A Good Night for Ghosts (Magic Tree House, Book 42) by Mary Pope Osborne

By Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie are on their moment project to find--and inspire--artists to convey happiness to hundreds of thousands. After touring to New Orleans, Jack and Annie come nose to nose with a few genuine ghosts, in addition to detect the area of jazz after they meet a tender Louis Armstrong!

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Reading is, in a phrase, an asocial act. (p. 27) When we are teaching children how to read, we should be aware that reading requires a profound change in the child’s language experience. Speech is a very social and embodied activity, which has its own momentum and rewards. Most children love to talk to each other, and as we saw with Paley’s (1981) class, they draw each other forward into the world of ideas that they talk about. Reading as an “asocial act” requires the child to engage with a speaker, the author, who is disembodied and unresponsive and does not create openings for the child’s own introjections into the web of language and thought.

There is a surprising silence on this topic. Even among authors who are critical of the power relations in the educational system (Burman, 1994; Canella, 1997; James, Jenks, & Prout, 1998; Popkewitz & Brennan, 1997; Soto, 1999) the value of reading per se is rarely questioned. S. education system: The Native American Cochiti people have The Chirographic Bias Reading and writing seem to be harmless, innocuous skills, mere addenda to the basket of natural skills that children develop throughout their formative years.

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