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Uma the reader

Uma read me a book last week! A whole book!

Kit and Kat by Tomie de Paola

Not one of Tomie de Paola's best, but not bad. Of course she had to ask me about a lot of words but there were more that she read entirely on her own, without hesitation. For years now she's been frustrated that her sister could read and she couldn't, and I've told her that one day the light bulb would go off over her head (ding!) and she'd be reading. Well, I think it just did.

Aside from Tomie de Paola, she retains her taste for the gothic in children's literature. She begs for Goosebumps books but I refuse to read them to her when there's better stuff around. We settled on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and a couple of edgier ones she brought home from the library. She's got to be the only kindergartener in the world who asks for Transylvanian ghost and vampire stories complete with a jacket blurb from Andrei Codrescu.

Big sister's tastes are pretty gruesome, too, but in a different vein. She's just finished reading a book about Phineas Gage, the guy who got an iron rod blown through his skull and lived to tell the tale.

kids 2004.09.12 link


Your daughters are just too darn cute, smart, and quirky. Make me want to bust out singing "We are the World"! Maybe we should market, not your astute but sporadic linguablogging, but your parentoblogging. It's a growth niche! My advice: spare the Seuss and spoil the child. Yertle the Turtle had a profound and lasting effect on me at that age, for example. With its theme of toppling tyranny, it's Hamlet for toddlers. "To take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them."

Colin [cbrayton cxe blogalization punkto nu] • 2004.09.16
Ja, sicher, Seuss ist süss!

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2004.09.16
Transylvania? Andrei Codrescu? I am impressed.

Maktaaq [maktaaq cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2004.10.02
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