Deconstructing Penguins

Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading

By Nancy Goldstone; Lawrence Goldstone
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780812970289, 206pp.)

Publication Date: May 3, 2005

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“Books are like puzzles,” write Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone. “The author’s ideas are hidden, and it is up to all of us to figure them out.” In this indispensable reading companion, the Goldstones–noted parent-child book club experts–encourage grownups and young readers alike to adopt an approach that will unlock the magic and power of reading.

With the Goldstones help, parents can inspire kids’ lifelong love of reading by teaching them how to unlock a book’s hidden meaning. Featuring fun and incisive discussions of numerous children’s classics, this dynamic guide highlights key elements–theme, setting, character, point of view, climax, and conflict–and paves the way for meaningful conversations between parents and children.

“Best of all,” the Goldstones note, “you don’t need an advanced degree in English literature or forty hours a week of free time to effectively discuss a book with your child. This isn’t Crime and Punishment, it’s Charlotte’s Web.”




About the Author
Nancy Goldstone is coauthor, with her husband, Lawrence, of five books, including "Out of the Flames", "The Friar and the Cipher", and "Warmly Inscribed".

Lawrence Goldstone and Nancy Goldstone are both successful novelists, Lawrence Goldstone having won a New American Writing Award for his first novel. The Goldstones live in Westport, Connecticut.
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