Hello Patricia, my name is Oscar Gironi. I am a student at California State University, Fullerton, majoring in psychology. I received word of your web page through my mother, who went to the Festival of Books at UCLA. She bought me your book, The King of Skittledeedoo, and you signed it. Thank you very much for your encouraging words. I will be starting the credential program in about a year and I cannot wait to start making a difference in childrens' lives. I truly am very excited and anxious to become a teacher. I read your book and I think it is very cute. I will definitely read it to my students one day. I love the idea of using new and challenging words to keep our children learning and developing their vocabulary. Thank you for being such a wonderful role model. I hope one day I can affect the lives of children the way you have. If there is anything I can do please let me know. I am always willing to do volunteer work and gain experience with children. Thank you so very much.
...Once such warrior is Encinian, Patricia Rust, 1998 National Library Association Poetry Award winner, children's book author, and award winning feature film and television writer. Her first book, The King of Skittledeedoo, champions the goal of wiping out illiteracy in children - striking a cord with educators and children alike.
Geared to youngsters 4-8 years old, The King of Skittledeedoo gets children excited about literacy and reading, and challenges them to learn new words.
...With two other books on the way, Rust is determined to help make a positive impact on improving the literacy rate of children.
The King of Skittledeedoo, who brags of his riches and how the townspeople live to admire him, loses all of his magnificent robes and jewelry in a terrible fire. No one in the town recognizes him without his attire, so they ask him questions to see if he truly is their king. Sadly, the king cannot answer any of the simple questions correctly, such as how to spell potatoes, or two plus two. The townspeople doubt that he is their ruler. Luckily for him, two generous children teach him, which leads him to prove to the townspeople that he actually is the King of Skittledeedoo.
The message of Patricia Rust's rhyming story is excellent: basic literacy and academic skills are important for everyone to learn, even kings. It is even more to her credit that she has children teach the king, which shows they can be powerful teachers for adults as well. The lively illustrations by San Wei Chan help to convey the message.
Some of the language in the story is advanced for the audience to which the topic is relevant, which I found to be ages six to nine.
Overall, I found this book enjoyable, though is more useful with younger audiences as a read aloud than a book for independent reading.
Through clever wordplay and memorable rhyme, The King of Skittledeedoo (Markowitz Publishing), a book by award-winning television and feature film writer Patricia Rust, allows children to see the importance of education. When fire breaks out in Skittledeedoo's castle, the king finds himself homeless, without his crown and finely woven duds. Stripped of his glorious garb, he is unrecognizable to his subjects and forced to prove his position. There is one problem, the much-loved king is virtually illiterate and when challenged with spelling the name of his own kingdom, spits out a bunch of garbled letters. With the help of some determined children, the king goes back to school and sails to the head of his class.
The King of Skittledeedoo will delight young children, while pleasing their parents. The story tells of a wonderful kingdom led by a pleasant king who loved to be admired for his jeweled crown and robe. One day fire destroyed the kingdom, leaving the king with only a towel to cover himself. Without his crown and robe, no one believed the king was the king. To make matters worse, when put to a test, the king could not add, write, or read. Two youngsters liked the king and invited him to go to school with them. The king quickly began to learn the three Rs. Soon he fashioned himself a new crown and robe. Then the kingdom accepted him as their king. The book has a happy ending and teaches the importance of literacy and life-long learning.
The book is beautifully illustrated by San Wei Chan, an award-winning animator and illustrator for Warner Bros. Ms. Rust has been commended for her work in literacy since The King of Skittledeedoo premiered earlier last year. The book would make a great gift or a perfect stocking stuffer for the Christmas season.
Patricia Rust wrote The King of Skittledeedoo to improve the reading skills of California's children and adults, hoping to help them reach a third-grade reading level. The king of the story has his own reading problems, and to make matters worse, he can't spell. When his castle burns down and he escapes in a towel, his troubles begin. Happily, even good readers will enjoy the story - and the illustrations from San Wei Chan. It has been well received by reviewers, educators, parents and, most importantly, younger children.
Another story about a king who learns a lesson in life is The King of Skittledeedoo written by Patricia Rust and illustrated by San Wei Chan, published by Markowitz Publishing. The King of Skittledeedoo must somehow save his kingdom after it is burned to the ground. His people do not recognize him and put him to the test - only problem - the king can't read. Two children take him to school and help him learn to read. Children will enjoy the rhyming verse as well as the colorful illustrations. This is a great book to encourage the love of reading and learning.
A king is nothing without his crown, or so says Patricia Rust in her children's tale The King of Skittledeedoo (Markowitz Publishing). When the majesty's castle burns down, he must assume a more provencial [SIC] life that consists of reading, writing, and arithmetic. With rhyming verse and vivid illustrations, there are valuable lessons for kids of all ages to learn.
Borders proudly welcomes children's book author Patricia Rust for a very special reading of her picturebook, The King of Skittledeedoo. The King of Skittledeedoo is a very happy king and so are his people, until the day tragedy strikes and his kingdom is burned to the ground. The king escapes his castle in nothing but a towel. His people don't recognize him without his crown and regal clothes. They put him to the test to prove his kingly worth but he can't spell the simplest words such as mother or Skittledeedoo. With the help of a few determined kids, the king goes back to school and sails to the head of his class.
Patricia Rust is an award-winning television and feature film writer and president of Power for Kids, Inc.. She serves as the literacy advocate for the Los Angeles Times.
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