Praise for READ CURSIVE FAST
Did you know? READ CURSIVE FAST is the only handwriting/literacy textbook which is publicly praised by the leaders of two competing companies:
Further praise has been granted by author/artist/calligrapher Peter Taylor of Writing-For-Children.com and Peter Taylor’s Calligraphics:
ADDED PRAISE FOR READ CURSIVE FAST —
“This will be an amazing resource.”
— Jonathan Dubay, owner of Handwriting Success
“This book makes reading cursive perfectly simple.”
— Fiona, age 18
“I like the way you build with knowing some letters and give practice before moving onto new letters. … really did a great job generalizing the information given to be able to read cursive for the first time ever. I look forward to him mastering all the letters in cursive.”
— Jeniver Boyer
Certified teacher and homeschooling mom
“I found your book especially interesting! It’s especially helpful when you include actual handwriting samples. This creates the experience of trying to read the cursive, and trying to acclimate to the individual’s handwriting style. … Letters that are confusing for me are the uppercase Q, G, J, I, and T. Lowercase letters that are confusing for me are z, r, and f. So your discussions of the origins of how these letters came to be written in cursive, as well as your examples of the different ways in which people currently write those letters, are very helpful. Thank you!”
— Nora Kobos
Human Resources Professional and mother of two
“Love the book! Fantastic! Great engaging examples for kids aged 10, I would guess, and above. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the history of the letters, as well as the information given about the background .”
— Alisa Brown
Mother of six children
“Overall, we really enjoyed this book. Wyatt (age 11, 6th grade) had fun with it and did really well. My daughter Elsha (age 7, 1st grade) had no problems reading the cursive words in the first few chapters. Wyatt completed the entire book with me. He liked the code-cracker graphics; he thought they were very useful. He enjoyed the stories chapter . … He did a good job with the Declaration of Independence. Wyatt really seemed to get a lot from reading the book, and it was fun reading it with him and seeing his progress. The book is well organized, has a good pace, and I like that it provides historical context and vocabulary for understanding letter forms. I think the approach of ‘handwriting detective’ is a good one because, as Wyatt learned quickly in the historical documents chapter, a lot of cursive reading is deciphering the nuances of every writer. I would definitely be interested in ordering a copy of the book when it’s published. Elsha is the more writing-inclined of the two and I think she would enjoy it immensely in a year or two. I know a teacher or two who would be very interested in this type of book. Hope this feedback is useful. Thanks for the opportunity to do this! We both found it enjoyable and rewarding.”
— Myles Miller
Father of 2
Member of the handwriting improvement group “Rock Your Handwriting”
“The inclusion of the history of each letterform is, in my opinion, an enhancement (excellent touch) that your readers will appreciate. Many of the kiddos and adults I have worked with have asked about the origins of certain letterforms and I think that this will be very popular. The ‘Stop and Think’ questions for readers to reflect and respond are extremely important well written. The chapter on reading historical documents pulls this whole book together. As you well know, and we have often discussed, the ability to read primary source documents is the major reason many people (although not all educators) cite for teaching cursive writing. You have provided an excellent foundation, within this chapter, for students in grade 4 and up to ‘decipher’ the materials required for today’s social studies classes.”
— Kathleen Wright
Founder and Educational Director of the Handwriting Collaborative
Independent Educational Consultant
“I really liked how your book shows common patterns used for specific letters, and how it provides specific tips/tricks for identifying different letters. I also appreciated how the book provided single practice words to read with the code-crackers outlined on the following pages. Another thing I like is how you started out with commonly used fundamental letters and build up from there. The layout was nice and easy to follow along. It was especially nice to have an index where you can skip around between different chapters. I specifically struggle with f and z, so this was helpful for me.”
— Renee, age 23, who has struggled with reading cursive.
“This book is similar to the teaching I had as a young child to learn cursive writing. It will help a child to improve both their penmanship and abilities to read cursive.”
“Kate, this is so wonderful!! I was so elated to study your work. I think it might even help me do better with my own handwriting. I can’t express how much this book means to me and how well it is done. You are a jewel, a diamond in the rough in teaching an explaining cursive. As I told you earlier, I am a Co-Director for a Family History Center and teach genealogy to those of all walks of life. I do this free, with no charge, and teach every day. This will help me teach the young adults (who are of the digital age) about reading cursive in genealogy, if I may have your permission to do so. I will give you all the credit as I teach them. I would love to see you produce another book on old English writing! Gothic as well would be fantastic….With that said, I also want to Thank You for all your hard work in putting this book together. It is very much appreciated. Blessings to you and yours.”
— Cher Camacho
“A very easy read and a simple four-step process make it easy for students and adults to learn how to read cursive. Subtly, Gladstone is also teaching how to write cursive too. The explanation of the script from the Declaration of Independence was very enriching.”
— Cheri Dotterer, MS, OTR/L
“I was simply thrilled when I read all the way through Read Cursive Fast. There is a great need for your excellent book. When I taught Junior High Spanish 14 years ago, I was not prepared for the groans that went up when I started writing my excellent cursive on the chalkboard. Most of my students were simply incapable of reading cursive. It broke my heart to think of how handicapped these students were when it comes to doing independent research involving the handwriting of previous generations. I will be delighted to advertise your book on my websites, blogs, and Amazon just as soon as it is available.”
— Donald Potter
“Read Cursive Fast is well laid out, comprehensive, and fun to use! Kate has subtly made people look at their handwriting by showing them how to read cursive!”
— Frank Limper
EXCERPT FROM A PUBLISHED REVIEW:
“ … Can you learn to read cursive if you cannot write it? This is the mission of Kate Gladstone’s new book: Read Cursive Fast. … Using a method of teaching that is gradual and painless, author Kate Gladstone guides the reader through letter recognition, to texts that become progressively more difficult to read, to fluency in cursive reading.
I highly recommend this book to homeschoolers, college students or anyone who wants to investigate the past.”
Additionally, Dr. Katz awards the book a detailed 5-star review as an Amazon Verified Purchaser of READ CURSIVE FAST.
“…if you ever need a gift idea for a young person—an out-of-the-ordinary and very touching gift idea—then consider giving them a letter you wrote in cursive[,] along with a copy of this book.”
— Brian Leair, reviewer for THE PENNANT (the quarterly journal of the Pen Collectors of America), Spring 2021 issue.
Copyrighted material. Originally published in the spring 2021 issue of the Pennant, the official journal of the Pen Collectors of America (PCA). Used by permission of the author and the PCA.
OTHER PUBLISHED REVIEWS:
Cursive is unknown—that is how we can describe the situation that has arisen in many countries, where cursive script has been set aside because it is no longer considered indispensable. In fact, many countries have decided to teach it only in elementary school, or even not to teach it at all. Today, as a result, more and more adults and teenagers are no longer able to write cursive, and in particular they are no longer able to read it. … For such cases, rescue has now arrived—the book Read Cursive Fast by Kate Gladstone. In its 139 pages, Kate uses a step-by-step system, full of original letters and documents, to teach cursive reading and recognition. The techniques in Read Cursive Fast have been successful with children, teenagers, and adults with and without disabilities. In sum: with Read Cursive Fast, anyone can learn to read cursive: thereby improving personal, social, and business relationships.… Read Cursive Fast is the result of all the experience that Kate has acquired over decades directly in the field, and that she has now decided to make available to everyone, creating this wonderful book.
“The book’s aim is to help people who struggle to read ‘joined up’ writing. … the format of the book is certainly clear and easy to follow. Groups of letters are discussed in the characteristics identified [,] after which students are encouraged to read those letters in various words when written in a cursive script (an invaluable ability). There is an interesting explanation of why uppercase and lowercase are so called. … Kate evidently wants people to be able to read cursive handwriting even in its worst forms….”
— Writing Matters: The Journal of the Society for Italic Handwriting, Summer 2021.
PRAISE FROM USERS OVERSEAS …
Thanks again for the great book! I’ve almost finished reading it.
I’m looking forward to presenting my next teacher training — I’ll show the book there!
— Radana Lencová, M.A., Ph.D., handwriting educator, handwriting program design researcher in the Czech Republic.
Radana also praises the book further, on her Facebook page and on her web-site.
“This book is awesome. It’s so important for every student and teacher.”
Here, customer Julia Hanna (of CALIFORNIA MOUNTAIN ART AND LIFE) praises READ CURSIVE FAST and shows off her autographed copy:
(You can ask Kate to autograph your copy! Simply type your request into the order-form’s NOTES area.)