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Jeremiah Learns to Read

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Elderly Jeremiah decides that it's finally time to learn to read.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Scholastic (first published June 5th 1998)
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Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading theme - illiteracy
Katelynn Callahan
The story is about an old man named Jeremiah who can do all sorts of fascinating things. He has a wife and a good life but he does not know how to read. Jeremiah wants to learn to read and people question it because he already has so many talents but he still tries to learn. He decides to go to school with little children who are learning to read and while he is being taught he also teaches them how to do things that he is good at. He even teaches his teacher new things. By the end of the story ...more
Jenna Smith
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jeremiah Learns to Read is the story of an older man who leads a full and productive life, but lacks the ability to read. He decides to go back to school with young children to learn to read and in turn, finds that he can teach others a thing or two. By the end of the story, he has learned to read and turns his newfound love for reading onto his wife through love poems. The imagery is a large part of this story as the illustrator uses pictures that accurately depict the story and really allow th ...more
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is about an elder man named Jeremiah that wants to learn how to read. Jeremiah knows how to do many different things like make syrup from sap and build things but the one thing he can't do is read. So the next day Jeremiah got up and went to school with some of the young children he know. The children helped him practice his letters and sounds while Jeremiah showed the children how to chirp like a chickadee and honk like a goose. Soon Jeremiah was learning to read. Once he knew how to ...more
Analissa Cox
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was absolutely amazing. This older man can do almost everything, but read. Yet in the end, all he wanted to do was read. He was willing to trade his skills to learn. Usually many would think it was to late to learn, but Jeremiah wanted to bad enough to sit in a class of children to learn. This can open a child's eyes to show them it's never to late to learn and also how much reading is valued, how much many want to know how who can not already. My favorite part was at the end ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My five-year-old son picked this book up from the library yesterday. I didn't think I would like it at all. I didn't like it -- I LOVED it.

The story itself is so incredibly sweet, and the illustrations are both gorgeous and charming.

Some years ago, before my son was born, I used to teach a few GED programs. Some were in churches, some in halfway houses and one was at the local jail. I've taught many adults to learn to read over those years. This book so perfectly depicts the change in a person
Sandra Vicars
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-334
Jeremiah Learns to Read is an inspiring story of an old man who has many talents but never learned to read. He tells his brother, his wife and his dog that he wants to learn to read. But how? So he attends the local school. There he learns letters and to read and write. He is not the only one to learn. He shares his knowledge with those that have helped him. This story shares with its readers that everyone has something they can share with those around them.
Jeremiah has lived a long time. He knows how to build a split rail fence, grow lush vegetables, make buttermilk pancakes, and tap syrup from a tree. But he doesn’t know how to read and he decides to learn. He goes to school with the area kids and as he learns to read, he also shares what he knows with the teacher and classmates. Finally, he is able to read a book of poems to his wife which inspires her to learn to read. A nice story about literacy and sharing knowledge and life experiences.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el-230
I enjoyed this book because the main character is not an ordinary character for children's books. The main character is an older gentleman who can do almost everything except read. After reading this book, I realized how thankful I am for the ability to read. I can hardly imagine what life would be like without this skill.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book. I haven't felt that way about many picture books in my life and this definitely is one of my favorites now. So touching, and i will certainly be buying it to read to my kids. My favorite childhood book, "Love You Forever" has always touched me and this book did the exact same thing.
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I read this while I was checking in books at the library! It's a lovely story. I liked that Bogart showed that Jeremiah's life (his wife, his kindness, his love of cooking) was important even if he couldn't read, and that reading was something he wanted to do—not something his life would be empty or shameful without.
Brenda Thompson
Elderly Jeremiah decides that it's finally time to learn to read. A great book for relating the message that it is never to late to learn.
Carrie Gelson
Reading is a gift. This book reveals this in such a soft, gentle way.
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book about an old man named Jeremiah who can do all sorts of things, but read. And how he learned to read.
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sweet story
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
It's never too late to learn how to read! Great inspiration for older children who may have reading difficulties.
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