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4.0 out of 5 starsFunny Moments While Learning a Lesson
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2013
This is a cute story with Arthur learning a lesson that boys aren't really all that different than girls. At the start of the story his little sister, Violet, is annoying him by asking too many questions. He is trying to write a letter to his penpal, Sandy, but keeps getting sidetracked. Frustrated, he tells Sandy that he is lucky to have an older brother.
But all is not as it first seems when Sandy responds to his letter. And, in the meantime, Violet shows Arthur that she is very good at activities that he finds hard to do. Funny at moments, the pictures that follow the story are very expressive. You can't help but root for little Violet. She means well and admires her brother Arthur. The same feelings he has towards her by the end of the story.
Longer than some 'I Can Read' books, it is 64 pages and may take a young child a while to finish. Ages seven and up for the adventurous reader. 4*/5 for the humor and realistic family moments.
By Gabriel Do you want to know why people are not good at the things that you are good at? Then you should read Arthur's Pen Pal by Lillian Hoban. It is terrific for you to read.
First, it is a fun book. Arthur and his sister had a contest. Arthur is good at Indian wrestling and he writes a letter to his pen pal. His sister is good at skip roping. Who will win? You have to read the book and see.
Second, the characters in the book taught a lesson and it is a terrific book. I like it when one character is good at one thing but the other one is good at another thing. The baby sitter comes home and talks to the kids.
Teachers and Parents, I recommend reading this book to 2nd and 1st graders. The kids will like it. It is a good book for kids so they can learn how to read.