"Luisa and the Star Magic Star" is a story that is set in rhyme/poetry.
Dr. Usha Goswami, from the Centre of Neuroscience in Education in Cambridge says that research in recent decades has provided a wealth of knowledge on how sensitivity to rhyme helps process with reading. Her research is finding important links between how children's brains process rhymes and rhythms. One key research project includes the neural basis of development dyslexia, the neural basis of speech and language impairments, and the neural basis of rhythmic motor behaviour. Her team of researchers have developed interventions to help struggling brains based on music, poetry and rhythm and are testing their effects in schools.
In addition, evidence suggests that a familiarity with rhymes helps children to detect the phonetic constituents of words. Rhyming teaches children how language works. At a very young age, they can recognize that 'star' rhymes with 'far'. In making this connection, they detect the word segments of 'ar'. Children sensitive to rhymes are well equipped to develop their reading. When children read a nursery rhyming book, they learn to anticipate the rhyming word. This prepares them to make decisions when they read.
Before reading my book at a storytelling session, I go through 'rhyming rocks' with the students. When the story is read, they are more familiar with words in the story.