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Reading to Children

Posted November 16, 2013

When I read out loud, I always yawn.  My eyes water, and the words blur.  Still, there is nothing more satisfying than reading to children, and have them really "into" the plot even before they can understand all of the words....

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Reading to Children

Posted by PADREBOOKS on November 16, 2013

When I read out loud, I always yawn.  My eyes water, and the words blur.  Still, there is nothing more satisfying than reading to children, and have them really "into" the plot even before they can understand all of the words, let alone read them.   The rhythm and rhymes contribute to the very young mind as much as their elders, with nonsense words as meaningful and delightful as "real" words.

Nursery Rhymes are great examples: they are pleasant and fun to hear, and have a bonus of imparting moral values and lessons of common sense and consequences.

Once when I was in about second grade, a teacher read aloud the book "Snow Treasure", set in World War Two Norway.  It was a true story plotted around a group of Norwegian children who moved their town's gold on their sleds,  down the mountain to a  fiord, where a ship was waiting to sail away with the gold for safe keeping.   The trick was that the children on their sleds had to pass through a guard of German soldiers, while keeping their mission a secret.

That book so enthralled me, as an eight-year-old, that it was the only thing that I wanted for Christmas that year.   When the holiday came, I opened all the packages containing mundane articles, until there was one left, clearly too large to be my book.   My young heart sank when I saw it was nothing but an old Tide soap powder box...but inside was my book!

Many years later I remembered the book, decided to hunt it down, and -- lo and behold there it was in a bin of library book sale discards.   

 


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