Another perfect case for reading aloud.
The world of children is abuzz! Disney says its new Mary Poppins movie released in December will be truer to the books than the original movie in 1964, starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews.
Ah! Truer to the books—what a wonderful concept! Reading the Mary Poppins series aloud to children who have seen only that 1963 first movie and have never read the books is illuminating, as I discovered this last summer, when I read aloud two of the Mary Poppins books, MARY POPPINS IN THE PARK and MARY POPPINS, to my grandchildren, ages five and nine, the ages I was when I first read the books. Yes, they could have read the books on their own, but, as we know, reading aloud to young readers is a true delight, because it encourages questioning, dialogue, meaningful conversations, and unique insights. When I started out to read these favorite…
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