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Call me old fashioned, but I think the idea is to get kids to ENJOY reading by 4th grade. If they don't, then they'll certainly never read those pesky (and, yes, probably BORING) "...historical documents, scientific tracts, maps and other “informational texts” — like recipes and train schedules." Make a kid a reader FIRST and THEN start shoveling the data and other non-fictional stuff at him/her.

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