A Boy and Robots

Rylan is the boy who loves reading.  He is part of my library read-aloud group, a big part.  That’s because he listens with his heart, and his mind.  His body tells me so.  Rylan’s eyes are glued to me, and he leans forward so he doesn’t miss a word.

I am reading aloud The Wild Robot Escapes, by Peter Brown, the sequel to The Wild Robot.  Rylan loves this book.  So do the other children.  I love this book.

Our first library meeting this year, we talked about robots.  Rylan told us all how he wouldn’t want to be a robot, because… his hands found the words he wanted to say.  They waved, passionately, as he described how it is important to have feeling and thinking – a robot doesn’t have that, but Roz does.  She is the robot in the book.

Oh, Rylan – you ‘get it’ and understand.

For Halloween, Rylan was a robot.  I asked him about that.  He said, “Oh yes, that book!”  He was Roz, and he added lights to the costume.

I asked Rylan his favorite part of the book.  He said, “The part where he goes in the sewer.  Then he comes out.  The Recos see him.”  Thank you, Rylan. This is a great part of an excellent book.  I’m so glad that you were a robot for Halloween.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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40 Responses to A Boy and Robots

  1. I absolutely LOVE this and must find the book so that I can read it too. I loved the little fellow’s robot costume. I am so happy that some folks take the time to not only read to their children, but to go to the effort to make them a costume that the children can remember when they are grown up. All children should have the blessings of experiences like this. Thank you kindly. You are such a wonderful person!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Anne. You are so right in your reflections and thoughts. The child’s costume spoke volumes about his love of reading and his family. Your kind words are much appreciated. 😊

  2. Ritu says:

    So cute! I’m glad he ‘got’ it!

  3. beetleypete says:

    What a great robot outfit! I love to see ‘home-made’ dressing-up. So much more fun than costumes bought from a shop. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Opher says:

    That is so lovely Jennie!

  5. Dan Antion says:

    It’s so cool when you can see the enthusiasm.

  6. Annika Perry says:

    That’s a brilliant robot costume and how wonderful that he has embraced reading and the books with such passion!

  7. Darlene says:

    It’s so great to hear about children who love to read. His costume is great too.

  8. Rylan ‘gets it’…such a hopeful statement for us (me) to hear.

  9. Kate says:

    Oh Jennie, what an honor to have our reader celebrated on your wonderful blog! Thank you so much for honoring his passion for books and the way it informs who he is. We are so very lucky to have you spend time with our young readers! Thank you so much for the time and energy you devote to them. ❤

  10. A great costume, Jennie. Michael used to love to dress up. He spent one entire December dressed up as Peter Pan.

  11. I haven’t read that one! I’ll have to add to our reading list. They’re so cute in those costumes.

    • Jennie says:

      Start with the first book, The Wild Robot. This one in the post is the sequel. So very good!! Your grandson will love it. Don’t you just love his costume!

  12. Thats great Jennie! I am always wondering about the wonderful ideas you have. Best wishes for the weekend. Michael

  13. Sarah says:

    That was an excellent choice in his part for his Halloween costume! I love it when children get the story and it becomes part of who they are. 😊

  14. Niki Flow says:

    Thank you for sharing Ryan’s story. Such a delightful read. I will get this book for my granddaughters! I love robots. 💕.

  15. We really do underestimate our little ones sometimes. What a refreshing story of the one that gets it. 😉

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