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Mrs. Wishy Washy, one of the most popular charac ters of the little books used in Reading Recovery, sets a Herculean task for herself — to keep the barnyard ani mals clean. Professor Lyons, too, has taken on a big job — to convince the educational establishment that there must be a better way to cope with the increasing number of children classified as learning disabled. Suggesting that Reading Recovery can be that first net for avoiding the mislabeling of young children as "at-risk" learners, she provides a detailed case study of Mike, once labeled LD. The detailed description of his LD instruction and her specially tailored Reading Recovery program provide the reader with a startling contrast. In addition it provides insights into why the Reading Recovery concept is so powerful. Her recommendations for dealing with the LD crisis must be heard!

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