Critics' Voices: May 14, 1990


WORDS ON THE PAGE, THE WORLD IN YOUR HANDS. Three volumes edited by Catherine Lipkin and Virginia Solotaroff (Harper & Row; $14.95 each). Some 25 million adult Americans cannot read even product-identification labels or street signs; 35 million more are vocationally handicapped by inadequate reading skills. The problem is embarrassing, but trying to improve reading proficiency from books suited for children can also be humiliating. Deciding that writing "to" rather than "down to" their students was a better approach, editors Lipkin and Solotaroff sought and received literary contributions from a range of successful novelists, story writers and poets, including Garrison...

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