My Mummy Couldn't Read

Non-Fiction - Biography
29 Pages
Reviewed on 07/18/2017
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Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite

My Mummy Couldn’t Read is a delightful, inspirational story that all children would love to read! The tale is told through the eyes of a young son as he follows his mother through her school years and to the years surrounding his birth. His mummy, in grade school, could not read and oftentimes tried to hide this fact from classmates and instructors. While Mummy made it through school, when it came time for her son’s birth and then his early years, Mummy wanted to read to him but could not. What follows is a story of overcoming obstacles and following through with determination. Author Carey Rigby-Wilcox matches the enlightening story with colorful illustrations that highlight the story without taking away from the images and feelings a reader might have in their own minds. In fact, the illustrations only add to those feelings and the reader’s imagination.

What I enjoyed most about My Mummy Couldn’t Read is the level of determination that Mummy showed at the end of the story. After many years of hiding the fact that she could not read, and doing whatever she could to avoid reading, Mummy finally determines that she must learn to read so she is able not only to read to her child, but also show him how to follow through with important goals. I don’t know what better lesson there might be for a child than that of following through with a goal and seeing it to fruition. Author Carey Rigby-Wilcox shows this through the illustrations, the full story told from the viewpoint of the child, and through the carefully chosen narrative. This book will be a great addition to any child’s library and will be appreciated by children and adults alike.