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"Read Across America" hit with young readers

February 28, 2003

Albany-- Dr. Suess is 99! And for his birthday, students hear some of his famous lines. Enough of the rhyme. In honor of the great storyteller's birthday, guest readers were invited to South Georgia classrooms to read a good book. And it's all about the delivery.

Peggy Nielson is a born story-teller, "I mean, is that an adventure or what!"

The adventures of a ten-year-old boy in the book "Bud, Not Buddy" keeps this Jackson Height's second grade class in rapt attention.  Nielson says, "What I think kids learn is no matter how bad the circumstances as long as they remain optimistic and using ingenuity it will put you in good stead. The book is full of loving people ministering to him."

Nielson has been ministering to students for years--first as an educator and now as a member of the State Board of Education. But, today, her job as storyteller earns her high marks. Second Grader Michael Miller says, "She is a good reader." Breaun Murray says, "It's fun to read and you can get stuff you don't know about when you read."

Peggy asks the students, "Did you love hearing about Bud? Guess what, I loved hearing about Bud too! And don't you know that's the magic of a book." And the magic is at their fingertips every time they pick up a book.

The book, "Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Thomas is a popular children's selection. To find other good reads, Peggy Nielson recommends that you just ask your local librarian.

Posted at 5:44 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com