See Jane read! Welcome to a lifetime of reading
I was wandering through a bookstore not long ago and, now that I am a grandmother, was looking at the children's books.
On display was one old classic - Fun with Dick and Jane.
Wow. The simple adventures of siblings Dick, Jane, and Sally with their parents were primers for my generation. Of course, Spot the dog and a cat are included.
The books are full of simple words, many repeated over and over so first-time readers get a lot of practice.
Reading is a real pleasure for me but it was a joy that was awakened at a very early age.
For those of you who have small children, I hope you will take time to read to them, let them follow along with the pages and try to identify words.
I began reading to my grandson when he was only a few months old. Mind, he was more interested in the texture of the pages and the way the hardboard book was hinged, but it was an introduction.
I even recorded a couple books so that even when we are hours apart, he will know the sound of my voice and the sharing of rhymes and stories.
Even if he doesn't want to spend a lot of time with reading, each opportunity opens his world to possibility.
I love the feel of a hard-bound book but downloadable books are just as good.
What is special is that time spent between child and parent/grandparent/special person. It is a time of sharing.
I remember as a child my parents reading to me. I treasure the memories of stories shared with my sons. I look forward to more special times with my grandchildren - and watching them read to their children.
And I know they carry that love with them when we rediscover books they particularly enjoyed.
One of my sons doesn't enjoy history or novels but will stay up half the night with a technical manual.
The other gobbles books on business and commerce but really loves Roman history.
But their joy of reading started with Go Dog Go.
We may be in a mobile society, but the majority of communication is still consumed through the written word. Introduce them to the world. Start with Pat the Bunny. Introduce Dick and Jane. Progress to Golden Books and Dr. Seuss. Enchant with Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are.
Then watch your young readers seek for those books which stir their imaginations. You will have given a gift of generations.
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