Monday, June 16, 2014

A Reader is Born

We spent much of the weekend minding the grands whilst Mom and Dad booted for the hills. And we had a great time with them. They were well behaved, and we enjoyed one anothers company. Particularly for me, it seemed appropriate for Fathers Day weekend.

There were trips to parks, a picnic lunch, another lunch at the chip truck, an evening watching The Incredibles DVD and I don't know what all.

One thing that really was wonderful was seeing Danica devour a book. Just finishing grade one now, she has always been a precocious reader but hadn't really gotten into reading fiction. While she might peruse the dictionary or Wikipedia, we were all anxious to see her enjoying fun reading.

Just lately she was introduced to the Nancy Clancy series, and Mom left us with the third book of the series to give to her at the appropriate time. That turned out to be late Saturday afternoon, and she soon headed to the front verandah to enjoy herself.


It was cold day for June, so she bundled herself up and dug right in.



She finished the book in bed later that night, after normal lights-out time I might add. The book was a good length for such a young reader — long enough to be a real book but short enough to keep it from being daunting.

When Mom came home late Sunday afternoon, she presented Danica with book four of the series. Danica found herself a quiet corner on this much warmer day and managed to read a chapter before supper.


I don't know what she'll do when book four is done because that's all there is to the series right now. Hopefully, now that she has discovered how pleasurable reading is, she will be motivated to find other authors.

Needless to say, we are all thrilled with this development

12 comments:

Ginger said...

How exciting! Congrats!

TexWisGirl said...

that is so very cute! the shot of her behind the porch railings is wonderful!

Tabor said...

What magic times. I remember when I would squirrel myself away to another world on a summer day!!

Mara said...

Even though I always give a lots of nonsense presents to my nephew and nieces, there is also always books involved, since I believe firmly in the power of books. So great to see a new generation digging right in! Pretty soon she will have seen so much in her own mind thanks to books.

Donna said...

What a wonderful thing...I started reading The Good Earth at almost 12 and have never looked back.
hughugs

Lady Lilith said...

She looks adorable. My girls love the Fancy Nancy books as well.

Gail Dixon said...

My daughter was an avid reader all through school and graduated cum laude from a private university. I've always felt her success in life was due to her being such an insatiable reader. Good for Danica. And she looks so immersed while reading. Good for her.

EG CameraGirl said...

SUPER! Kids who love to read are rarely bored...as long as they can find plenty of books to choose from.

Chicken said...

That's so great-I'm happy for her. I think a love of reading is a lucky thing-you're always learning and rarely bored.

Mage said...

That's the best story of all. The whole world is open to those who read.

RYN: Yes, and all those ice cream cones have led us straight to Weight Watchers too. :)

Lorna said...

It's the most exciting thing to see a book handler turn into a reader. I had a favourite place at my grandmother's house in Shediac...a low branch on a tree in the back yard.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

There's no more enjoyable feeling than finding yourself immersed in a goo dread as Danica is learning. And, even as adults we find favorite authors and series and sure her mom will find another suitable one or perhaps Dani will herself at the local livrary.