Grammy: “Do you want me to read you a book? It’s so good! It’s about a little girl like you who moves to America. Here’s the book.”
A Patricia MacLachlan book. Nora moves from Russia to the prairie of North Dakota. She is homesick and shy. Her father brings home some chicks, and everything changes. The story goes from worrisome to adventure to humor and to finding that home is where the heart is – and the chicks, too.
Granddaughter looks at the book and asks, “Grammy, can I read it to you?”
Wow! Magic words.
Grammy: “Of course you can!”
And she did. Every word. Every page. I didn’t miss hearing a word. She didn’t miss reading a word. After years of my reading aloud, she now wants to be the reader-aloud. Just as it should be.
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”