‘I didn’t read a book myself until I was 31 years old.’
An interview with Henry Winkler – award-winning children’s book writer of the Hank Zipzer series and dyslexia awareness campaigner – who adults of certain age will forever know as The Fonz
Special steps he takes to make it possible for children who have dyslexia or have trouble reading to read his books:
‘We think about those kids all the time, although all types of readers read my books. One thing we do is have a lot of white space in the books. Sometimes a chapter is 12 pages long, but sometimes it’s a paragraph long. Sometimes it’s a list. If a child has a hard time reading, they can still read a whole chapter of my books. Kids who have never read before, reluctant readers, can read my books.’
Indian Tribe Rejects Mark Twain
Tribe blocks Mark Twain name for Lake Tahoe cove, citing racist views
‘A Nevada state board pulled plans to name a Lake Tahoe cove after Mark Twain amid opposition from a tribe saying he held racist views on Native Americans.
‘The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names voted this week to indefinitely postpone a move to name the cove for Samuel Clemens, Twain’s true name, after objections from the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
‘In a letter to the board, Darrel Cruz, head of the Washoe tribe’s cultural resource department, wrote that Twain did not deserve the distinction due to the racist views he expressed in his writings about tribes, the Associated Press reported…’
Mark Twain’s Inconvenient Truths
‘The author of Tom Sawyer is avuncular, unthreatening, genial—cuddly almost. The Mark Twain that comes later has sharper edges, and may not be cuddly at all. What does it mean to embrace the tame Twain—the author of unthreatening books for children, beloved stories, and clever aphorisms—but to largely ignore the author of the hard-hitting essays and searing commentaries who grew increasingly disillusioned with the behavior of his countrymen and his fellow human beings generally?…’