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4.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 54.42 out of 5 4.42 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eve Bunting Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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Anna and Grandma are planning a surprise for Dad's birthday. Dad thinks he has received all his presents, but Grandma stands up and gives him the best one of all: she reads aloud the stories that Anna has taught her. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 2/14/2014

    " It sure surprised me! These are the kind of people who we should admire as heroes, imo. Those among us who do the smart problem-solving and the humble good deeds are the best role models for all of us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/11/2014

    " A definite surprise as the narrator and Grandma give the girl's father a special surprise for his birthday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 2/7/2014

    " What an incredible story! As an adult, this story left a mark on me. The story is about a little girl who teachers her grandmother to read. Throughout the story, the author does not give clues to the ending. The reader must infer what is going to happen based on previous information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Manak | 1/27/2014

    " "The Wednesday Surprise" is about a girl who goes to her grandparents house every Wednesday night. She gives her father a bunch of presents, but at the end, the grandma gives him the best present of all, she reads the stories the daughter, Anna had made up. This book is inspiring and shows kids that presents aren't everything. Sometimes it's the little things, like stories, and handmade things that make parents the happiest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/25/2014

    " There is a great surprise at the end of this book, definitely not what was expected. When learning to read it takes lots of practice. I love that this book is about the young teaching the old instead of the other way around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starr Elementary | 1/23/2014

    " What a nice, nice story. I loved the surprise at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 1/20/2014

    " I Love stories about learning how to read. This one was especially moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Thompson | 1/18/2014

    " This is a truly inspiring book about granddaughter teaching her grandma to read and in return she learns how to knit. This is a great book to ask your students to make predictions during a read-a-loud. I love how this book ended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/29/2013

    " When I read this to my class, they are always wide-eyed when they find out what grandma's surprise is for her son. It really shows how a little girl can help to make a huge difference in someone's life. This is another book I use when I teach about social issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 12/16/2013

    " Nice story to start conversation about the importance of reading and that it is never too late. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trista | 12/13/2013

    " A cute story with a twist. I used this to teach the strategy of questioning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 12/9/2013

    " At first i thought this was going to be just another kids book but by the end i found myself almost tearing up over this sweet little story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly Koressel | 9/7/2013

    " This is a great book it is where the granddaughter teaches the grandmother how to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Marcum | 4/27/2013

    " Picture book: This book was so cute. I almost cried at the ending, I'm such a sucker for these kinds of stories! You could use it to teach predictions! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 4/20/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this story about a girl named Anna who teaches her Grandma how to read. The watercolor pictures help support the stories text, but don't really take it a set further. This story was heart warming and put a smile on my face. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 3/17/2013

    " This book would be a great book to read with a struggling reader of any age. The story line and plot of this book are interesting and unique. This would also be a useful book for a read aloud in a second or third grade classroom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Higgins | 11/23/2012

    " I really enjoy reading this book. My students are surprised when they find out that Grandma is the one learning to read. This book is great for making connections. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie Risse | 5/6/2012

    " This book is about a little girl and her grandmother who are planning a huge surprise for her father's birthday. Children can guess what the surprise it, but they are in for their own surprise at the end when they find out what it really is! This is a great story about the importance of reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisha Williams | 2/14/2012

    " This is a good book to discuss not being able to read. Not everyone can read and it is a touchy subject. The little girl teaches the grandmother to read, and surprises the whole family with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 2/10/2012

    " I loved this book. This is book is one that i could see girls in my classroom wanting to read. I loved this book because like Anna I too am very close with my grandmom. I thought it was adorable how Anna was nervous and wasn't sure if her dad would like the present. This is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Brawner | 12/17/2011

    " The Wednesday Surprise is about a family getting ready for the dad's birthday. The grandma and daughter send days reading without anyone knowing. The surprise was unexpected. This would be a good book to do with a graffiti wall and to have the children learn something unexpected about reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/12/2011

    " Pleasant, eye opening story for children, about adult illiteracy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Schrank | 10/10/2011

    " I absolutely loved this story. It is about a young girl who teaches her grandmother how to read. As an adult, this story really made an impression on me. It would be a good book to use with inferring as it is now known that the little girl is teaching the grandmother until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 8/30/2011

    " This book is about a little girl that teaches her grandmother to read. It is a surprise for her Dad's birthday. He is a trucker and is away from home often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope Mullinax | 7/15/2011

    " This is a very heartwarming tale of a granddaughter teaching her grandmother how to read. A secret between just the two of them will be revealed tonight to the little girls dad. Great book for struggling readers to affirm with hard work and practice, even the oldest of people can learn how to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 6/30/2011

    " Power children have to help and teach others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/4/2011

    " Love, love, love this book. So sweet and a fun twist at the end. Eve Bunting is a master at writing social issue books for a young audience. Beautiful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/10/2011

    " There is a great surprise at the end of this book, definitely not what was expected. When learning to read it takes lots of practice. I love that this book is about the young teaching the old instead of the other way around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 3/11/2011

    " This book would be a great book to read with a struggling reader of any age. The story line and plot of this book are interesting and unique. This would also be a useful book for a read aloud in a second or third grade classroom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mai | 2/22/2011

    " A great story about family and learning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/24/2011

    " A completely different turn of events from what you would expect. This is a fantastic book that lets children know that it is o.k. to ask younger people for help sometimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 10/28/2010

    " Picture book: This book was so cute. I almost cried at the ending, I'm such a sucker for these kinds of stories! You could use it to teach predictions! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 10/11/2010

    " I enjoyed reading this story about a girl named Anna who teaches her Grandma how to read. The watercolor pictures help support the stories text, but don't really take it a set further. This story was heart warming and put a smile on my face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 10/8/2010

    " It sure surprised me! These are the kind of people who we should admire as heroes, imo. Those among us who do the smart problem-solving and the humble good deeds are role models for all of us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 3/22/2010

    " At first i thought this was going to be just another kids book but by the end i found myself almost tearing up over this sweet little story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 7/8/2009

    " You don't have to be old to give service to others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/8/2009

    " Power children have to help and teach others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 4/24/2009

    " This is a wonderful tale about a little girl and her grandmother. Our girls enjoyed the story, but were a little confused that an adult could be illiterate. This provided an opportunity to talk about how important and wonderful it is to be able to read. "

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About the Author
Author Eve Bunting

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal–winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in Southern California.