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.