This is a true story about events in the life of a very special person. For the sake of her privacy, her name is Angela and she is an eleven-year-old girl living in Southern California. When Angela was very young, she and her parents discovered that it was difficult for her to read books. For her, the words appeared turned around. It was confusing and frustrating for her when she tried to figure out what the words meant.
On a vacation to Florida, Angela and her family visited her mother’s cousin. At the end of the visit, her cousin gave Angela six books of a series—adventure stories written for children. At first, Angela wasn’t sure about trying to read the books. She knew the words wouldn’t seem right. She opened the books anyway and soon discovered that the illustrations, or pictures, in the books were so exciting that they brought the stories to life, even though the words were difficult for her to read. Angela decided that if she worked hard to learn how to read better, she could truly enjoy the stories.
When her family returned to California, Angela sat with her parents and asked them to help her learn how to read better. Of course, they agreed. It took time and patience. Eventually, Angela was able to enjoy reading the words in every adventurous story. Learning how to read was the gift she received, and she was thankful for the help in reaching her goal.
Angela continues to work hard at school, to read successfully, and she explores everything her world has to offer.
As you continue to read this book, it is hoped that you will see how working in a steady way will help you reach the goals you have set for yourself.
Above all, please don’t give up! You can do it!