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June 21, 2010

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Tim Belber

JohnA,
This brought back one of the great gifts my mother gwve to me and my sisters...a love of books. They have the power to transport, inform and stimulate. I remember not being able to afford books but the joy of exploring the library and discovering Sherlock Holmes, Africa through the eyes of Osa Johnson and the Hardy Boys. Thank you for reminding me that sharing books and reading is a great gift.
Tim

John A Warnick

Thanks Tim for sharing that story.  I hope others might chime in as well with their childhood recollections.  I was a big Sherlock Holmes, Hardy Boys and later Perry Mason fan.  I think we tend to forget the awe we felt when we read books in our early childhood and youth.  I know that I too am deeply grateful that my parents encouraged me to read and that my mother insisted I enroll every summer in the programs the local library sponsored to encourage reading.  The trips to the library became almost as mystical as what I think of when I see Harry Potter and others approach that magical platform at the train station in London.  My very best to you...John A

Melissa Hoyer

Through reading the book Young at Art, I've recently become aware of how art development in very young children supports the development of reading and writing. Scribbling is so important to developing the ability to write, and when children eventually draw a human figure (unprompted by an adult) it is a sign of reading readiness. Thanks for your post and it has given me some ideas for my 18 month old.

John A Warnick

Melissa,


Thanks for that great insight.  Im sure it will be appreciated by many other readers of Seedlings, as well as their children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


John A

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