The Wild Book

The Wild Book Fefa struggles with words She has word blindness or dyslexia and the doctor says she will never read or write Every time she tries the letters jumble and spill off the page leaping and hopping awa

  • Title: The Wild Book
  • Author: Margarita Engle
  • ISBN: 9780547581316
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fefa struggles with words She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping and hopping away like bullfrogs How will she ever understand them But her mother has an idea She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages Think of it as a garden, she sayFefa struggles with words She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping and hopping away like bullfrogs How will she ever understand them But her mother has an idea She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages Think of it as a garden, she says Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky at first, then growing stronger and surer with each new day And when her family is threatened, it is what Fefa has learned from her wild book that saves them.

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    1. Review of an advance copy:This book, featuring Margarita Engle's lovely free-verse, is based on the life of Ms. Engle's grandmother. 11-year-old Fefa (Josefa) has dyslexia. The local doctor calls it "word blindness" and suggests that Fefa will never be able to read or write. Fortunately, Mamá has faith in her daughter and insists on patience and perseverance. And, despite the teasing from her siblings and the doctor's harsh verdict, Fefa also has an indomitable spirit. Her persistence begins to [...]

    2. I love Engle's verse novels of Cuban history and this one is based on her grandmother's experience growing up with "word blindness" or dyslexia as we know it today. A blank book, a gift from her mother, helps the girl have a place to explore language. A wild book. My sixth grade girls keep raving about this at our book club so I had to get to it. They are right. It is lovely.

    3. Funnily enough, I struggle with reading verse-novels, but it didn't take long for me to be drawn into Fefa's story. The setting is beautifully shared and learning more about the characters as Fefa's strength and confidence in her own writing grew was great.

    4. Fefa cannot read because she suffers from "word-blindness" or dyslexia. Her mother gives her a blank book to write her own words. Scrawling her wild words into the book gives Fefa growing confidence and provides her insight that saves her family at a crucial moment.Based on Engle's grandmother's childhood experiences growing up during the chaos after Cuba's fight for independence from Spain.This novel in verse contains so many wonderful images. One of my favorites:StorytellingNo one in my family [...]

    5. This book is about the author's grandmother who grew up in Cuba in 1912. She has dyslexia and tries to get her words out with poems and uses this to tell her story. I really like the idea of this book and the subject matter but to be honest I got kind of bored about half way through and lost interest. Finally I got tired of seeing it on my shelf so I decided to finish it. Not sure who I would recommend it too? It was okay, I'd give it 2 1/2 stars if we could give 1/2 stars.

    6. I think this is such a cool book for many reasons:The main character, Fefa, struggles with dyslexia (the book uses the term from the time, word-blindness) and is also a hero. The book offers an interesting glimpse into how people lived with dyslexia in times where there was less understanding of the disability and fewer resources available.The book takes place in 1912, during Cuba's first years of independence from Spain. It depicts some of the chaos and lawlessness of the time. I don't know muc [...]

    7. This book is a beautifully written free verse novel, and I felt like I had a better grasp on the struggle people with dyslexia have after I read it. I also learned about the situation in Cuba in the early 1900s, which I was completely unaware of before. I gave it four stars instead of five because I don't know that the format and lyricism will be as appealing to the young age of the readers it is geared toward as it is for me as an adult.

    8. I loved the cover (snatched it up in the library just because of it!) and the concept behind the book as well (dyslexia, grandmas story, Cuban characters). I thought the execution was just okay.

    9. Margartia Engle writes the most beautiful novels in verse. In The Wild Book she draws on her family history to tell the story of Fefa who is dyslexic. I think this alone makes the book worth having on the shelf for the one or two kids who struggle with dyslexia and need to see themselves and their struggles in the pages of a book. Fefa is bound and determined, but constantly discouraged by her lack of progress, and I think she could be a very relatable character. I can’t speak to how accuratel [...]

    10. Fefa struggles with words. She has "word blindness", or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write. Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping and hopping away like bullfrogs. How will she ever understand them? But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. "Think of it as a garden," she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book. She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky a [...]

    11. Told in poems, this is the story of Engle’s maternal grandmother and her struggle with dyslexia. Known as Fefa, her grandmother was diagnosed with “word blindness” and told she would never read or write. Luckily, Fefa’s mother has an idea. She gives her daughter a blank book to fill with words, as if she is scattering wildflower seeds on the ground. At first Fefa’s words are hesitant and stilted, like seedlings. But steadily her writing and reading improve as she learns to take her tim [...]

    12. The Wild Book is a novel in verse by two-time Pura Belpré winner, Margarita Engle. This fictionalized account of her grandmother’s struggle with dyslexia takes readers to Cuba, 1912. While the book is fiction, it is inspired by the stories Engle heard from her grandmother. This story is rich with history, emotion, and determination. Fefa, short for Josefa, is about 11 years old when she is diagnosed with “word-blindness” by the village doctor. He tells her mother that she will never be [...]

    13. FTC Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book from the Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.The Wild Book by Margarita EngleSummary: Fefa struggles with words. She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write. Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping and hopping away like bullfrogs. How will she ever understand them? But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pa [...]

    14. Summary:This is based on the stories that Margarita Engle’s grandmother told of her childhood. It is written in free verse form.Fefa struggles in school because of reading and writing. The words do not seem to make sense to her. She says that they slip and jump away like frogs. The doctor says that she has word-blindness and will never be able to read or write. Fefa’s mother disagrees and gives Fefa a blank book to fill with her own words. Fefa begins writing in it nearly everyday. Through t [...]

    15. My Review: The Wild Book is fiction inspired by stories told by the author’s grandmother Fefa, who at a young age struggled with dyslexia. But she found ways to overcome this disability with help from her mother who gave her a book with blank pages to write down her thoughts.Fefa wrote about how her classmates and siblings taunted her, they laugh and mock her and her brothers frighten her with lizards, bugs and spiders. The teacher was too busy to give her extra help and her mom was always the [...]

    16. Fefa struggles to read. The doctor says she has world blindness and she'll never be able to read, but Fefa's mother does not give up. Mamá gives Fefa a blank book to help her collect words. Fefa isn't sure about the book. She finds reading so hard she isn't sure she likes words. But when her brother is injured and becomes her tutor, some of the slippery words start to become a little more manageable, and eventually Fefa is able to save the entire family with her reading.I absolutely love Engle' [...]

    17. Fefa comes from a poor family in Cuba, where she lives with her parents, brothers, and sisters on their farm. Fefa is dyslexic and the small town's doctor tells her there is nothing to do that will help with her "word blindness." Because of her dyslexia, and because her family can not afford to giver her additional help with reading (like paying for a tutor), Fefa struggles in school. She does not have many friends and she dreads going to class.Using what resources she has, Fefa's mother gives F [...]

    18. This is one of the choices for our novels in verse unit. It needs a little background knowledge building about Cuba and its history, but it's very good! It's also a good introduction to discussions about civil rights in other countries. I like that it incorporates personal difficulties such as dyslexia with global challenges such as war and occupation. Our kids may not be dealing with war on our own soil, but they do deal with news all around the world that affects them. I also like the multicul [...]

    19. Today having a learning disabilty is more manageable in a lot of ways but in decades past there was a lot of misconceptions that people had when it came to them. Children who had them were often considered to be stupid and hopeless. This is the story of author Margarita Engle's grandmother, Fefa. Fefa has dyslexia which was known as "word blindness" at the time she lived. The doctor who her mother had taken her to said that she would never read nor write. However Fefa's loving mother never gave [...]

    20. As she so often does in her books, Engle draws on her Cuban heritage, telling the story of her own grandmother's struggle with literacy. When she is ten, Fefa's doctor diagnoses her with word-blindness (as dyslexia was called in the early days of the twentieth century). Unable to understand the words she sees on the pages of books, Fefa is understandably embarrassed and frustrated. But her mother gives her a blank book and tells her to use it to write down whatever she can. At first, Fefa can ma [...]

    21. One of the best things about The Wild Book is Margarita Engle's keen eye for detail. The slim verse novel is loosely based on the life of Fefa, Engle's grandmother, and it's clear that Engle paid close attention to the stories that her grandmother told. The Wild Book details the life of a girl with dyslexia in the uncertain world of 1912 Cuba, and the descriptions of the everyday details of that time and place are startlingly observant. When she speaks, for instance, of encountering during a fam [...]

    22. I just have to express my absolute LOVE of this cover! The illustrations are just so colorful and beautiful. Now for the actual story: this is the third book I’ve read by Margarita Engle and unfortunately none of them have lived up to the first.The Wild Book is about eleven-year old Fefa, who at the beginning of the book finds out she has “word-blindness” or what we now know as common day dyslexia. The book is about Fefa’s struggle and how she works to overcome it. It’s set in the Cuba [...]

    23. Based on the history of the author's grandmother, The Wild Book, written in verse, recounts the dangerous conditions that were evident during the early part of the twentieth century in Cuba. Bandits combed the countryside looking for easy targets.dren. Parents found ransom notes to exchange their children's lives with money. Even though Fefa had 'word-blindness' (what we now know as dyslexia), through the encouragement of her mother and the patience of her brother-teacher, she learned to read an [...]

    24. I'm a fan of Margarita Engle's work, and there is plenty of lovely writing in this story about Fefa, a young Cuban girl with dyslexia (call word-blindness in Cuba in the early 1900s). Her struggle and eventual victory in learning to read--and, more, to love to read--is about 90% of this book. There is a little bit about a threat to Fefa's family from kidnappers, and Fefa's ability to read saves the day. The reason my rating isn't higher for this book is that I wanted more story. Engle has a beau [...]

    25. I am still learning more about the history of Cuba from Margarita Engle's free verse narratives. The Wild Book relates the story of Fefa (based on Engle's grandmother) who has dyslexia or "word blindness." A gift of a blank book from her mother lets her "plant" words and ideas to sprout and grow.

    26. This historical fiction story, told in verse, is about Fefa, an 11-year-old girl who lives with her family in Cuba during the early 20th century, after the wars for independence that took place in many Latin American countries during the late 19th century. Fefa struggles with reading and writing due to dyslexia, which, at the time was called word-blindness. Through the encouragment and patience of first her mother and then an older brother, Fefa's reading and writing get better. She even saves t [...]

    27. Lovely. Absolutely lyrical language. Set in Cuba in the early 1900's during the US occupation, the book centers around a young girl who has "word blindness" (now known as dyslexia). Her mother gives her a blank book to write in, and the girl sets out to fill it with "wild things". As she writes about her life, she slowly learns to read. Written in free verse, the book is based loosely on the experiences of Margarita Engle's grandmother. What really makes this book stand out for me is Engle's att [...]

    28. "The Wild One" was a very eye catching book. This story was about a little girl named Fefa and she struggles with words. She has word blindness and the doctor says she won't be able to read or write. But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. "Think of it as a garden," she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book. She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky at first, then growing stronger and surer with each new da [...]

    29. Thanks to netgalley I can get through a lot of books. Now this one has been out for awhile, but I'm trying to clean up my kindle and do a better job of reviewing. I love novels in verse. They are books that truly allow an author to show their real talent. Each word is carefully selected to paint the most beautiful story, without over telling it. Word-blindness strikes our little girl down. Dyslexia to the rest of us while seen as a negative she doesn't give up. Her mother gives her a blank book [...]

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