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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Libraries and Books and Words... Oh My! is an inspirational story about illiteracy (and how to overcome it), written and illustrated by Carey Rigby-Wilcox. Narrated from the viewpoint of Carey’s children, they talk of their mother’s extreme fear of going to the library. As a child, Carey loved visiting the library, hearing books read to her, but as she got older, Carey realized that books were quite difficult; she could not understand the words on the page – especially without pictures to tell the reader what is happening. As a mother, Carey sought out help from a tutor, so that she might some day be able to read to her children. Her first visit to the library with her children was a true test, which ultimately led to a panic attack. Determined to overcome her fears for the sake of her children, she persevered.
Illiteracy is a real problem for many people, both young and old, and one of the hardest things to do is to admit that there is a problem. I remember the shock I felt when my former fiancé told me he could not read, and the journey we took, with him reading children’s books aloud to me, and my guiding him through the correct pronunciation of words. I very much admire the strength, courage and determination of Carey Rigby-Wilcox, facing her extreme fears head-on for the sake of her children. It’s amazing how much strength we can gain from those we love, especially when those people are our own children. As a sufferer of Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder, I aspire to some day have the same amount of courage as Carey Rigby-Wilcox, as I find her to be a true inspiration. I recommend Libraries and Books and Words... Oh My! to all readers over the age of 15, who find some things to be more of a challenge than other people might find them, especially when those things cause emotional distress, anxiety and panic within ourselves.