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Abstract

The purpose of this book review was to analyze the main arguments regarding literacy instruction from various paradigms of research. The Foreword of this text was written by Dr. Patricia Edwards the Past President of the Literacy Research Association. As Dr. Edwards pointedly reveals in her endorsement of this text, “Reading researchers must find some common ground in order to provide teachers with the necessary strategies to teach children reading." Dr. Edwards takes a strong stance on the reading wars debate. This foreword leaves readers with key questions that are answered throughout the reading of this text such as, what is whole language? Is it a teaching method? Philosophy? Or is it both? Are proponents of phonics really only teaching letters and sounds? What about comprehension? Language development? During the reading and review of this work, it was clear that the search for common answers to many of the aforementioned questions were answered.

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