Since our library is currently going some organizational renovations, we've decided not to venture in there for a bit. The newspaper reports make it sound like a place you'd be a little frustrated to be in right now so we'll hold off until it sounds like the coast is more clear. In the meantime, we'll share what we've been reading aloud from our own bookshelves!
I am rather ashamed to confess it, but I had never read Winnie the Pooh until a few weeks ago. Feeling a bit caged in when we were sick, and wanting to tackle something new with sick bookworms, I decided to see how we would take to reading a chapter of Pooh a day.
It's true that Bookworm1 did not sit completely still while we read the book. It is equally true that he did pay attention to what we were reading, because he would ask me questions. And those words - that specific question - that so many of you have heard spill forth from the lips of your own dear children, finally spilled forth from the lips of mine. That is?
"Mommy, can you read me one more chapter?"
I could have kissed him on the spot but he wouldn't have understood. So we just read another chapter and called it good!
He caught on to the fact that we were reading a chapter book which was a "big boy" book. When we had finished the entire thing I showed him what we had accomplished and he got a huge, big grin on his face which made me feel immensely gratified. It was worth every single minute! Furthermore, I enjoyed the antics of this 'silly ol' bear' and his friends in the Hundred Acre Woods as well! Milne had such a dry wit that reading this book didn't feel like a chore at all. Nor did it feel like I was reading something specifically for kids. Rather, I was reading for my own pleasure! It was really fun to find a book that we both enjoyed and I'm excited about the world of possibilities that await us in chapter book land. Ha!
Pooh was such fun and I'm so glad we read him when we did because I'm sure we'll be able to enjoy him many times over as we (all) grow up (together). In the meantime, we've created a wonderful first memory which I want to record so that I never forget it. So here I am.
After I wrote the above I went back and read a post I had written awhile ago on A.A. Milne (click on his name to read my post) and was reminded that Milne didn't appreciate Pooh. But we still do. Even more so now!