teacher knows that children will read when
they care about the subject. It is especially
challenging to find subject matter that
appeals to boys as well as girls. We've
chosen to focus our stories on animals -
true stories about real animals - because
of their universal appeal. We've found that
these stories touch children's hearts across
every socio-economic group (and we've read
to children in the poorest inner city schools,
in bilingual classrooms, and in suburban
private and public schools across the nation).
stories about real animals engage children's
caring as well as their minds.