For the purpose of market testing, stories-poems titled “READING IS FUN! IMAGINE THAT!” were initially introduced as small individual books. They were intended to be an enriching adventure in the fun of reading and being creative. Their topics encourage creativity and opportunities to expand personal interests and abilities. Sets of books were mailed to educators and professionals in this country and abroad. Their enthusiastic responses made it essential that the books be combined in book form that would provide more stories and also be in a more durable publication. The ages of those who read the books, ranged from five-year-old kindergarten readers and non-readers, to an 89-year-old educator and author. The following responses were received.

She would like to see them in all of California’s elementary schools.

Rosaline Turnbull
Past President of the California Parent Teacher’s Association

Yours is a comforting voice during a challenging time. Your stories are charming. Each one is uniquely warm and inspiring, and the messages are uplifting for children and parents alike. The books deserve to be in homes across the country — and the world. They remind me of one of my all-time heroes:  Mr. Rogers!  They are kind, nurturing, and so encouraging.

Tom Soma
Former Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Portland, Oregon

I think these books are perfect for children. They are colorful, bright, and the illustrations are awesome. I regret there were no such books in my childhood.

Ludmila Levine
Chairman of the American English Department at the Linguistics University in Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.

They are fun to read. Both the writings and drawings are original. They are amazing.  There are so many things that could be learned. One student commented she was also learning about American culture.

YiLing Chen
In Japan, YiLing Chen also taught women English as a foreign language.

practical, playful, serious, affectionate, enigmatic, and varied.

Claudine DeFaye
A former professor of Shakespearian studies at the University of Poitier, France, used the story books while teaching women English as a foreign language.

These books are absolutely incredible. An excellent job of inspiring children’s creativity activities.

Mosun Johnston Smith
A former teacher, principal, member of the Ministry of Education, and author of numerous books. In 1990, she was a guest of the New York State Department of Education, speaking on cultures and traditions in Africa.

The detail and care you’ve put in these stories is remarkable. I celebrated the wonderful wisdom those students reflected to me while reading your books.

Andie Cunningham
An instructor at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, also taught kindergarten children on Fridays.
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