Reading aloud (was Pooh!)

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Tue Nov 11 09:30:15 EST 2003

Mark and I have gotten into the habit of me reading aloud to him in the 
evenings. We worked our way through "The Lord of the Rings" (which is 
both much more wonderful and much more tedious when read aloud . . . 
Faramir is glorious, Frodo and Sam take Forever to get to Mt. Doom 
after Shelob).

We're currently in the midst of Philip Pullman's "The Amber Spyglass", 
having read "The Golden Compass" and "The Subtle Knife" over the past 
two or three months.

I'm loving reading, Mark is loving being read to. It gives me an 
opportunity to re-read some books I might not "have the time for" and 
introduce him to my faves at the same time. Pullman is wonderful to 
read aloud.

Not sure what's next. Perhaps "To Kill a Mockingbird" or "A Wizard of 
Earthsea". Any other suggestions?


On Tuesday, October 21, 2003, at 11:08  PM, Kathleen Jennings wrote:

> When I was quite small, my father got sick of reading Little Red 
> Riding Hood
> to me and started reading Little House in the Big Woods. My mother 
> didn't
> think he put enough expression into it, so she started reading it. 
> From then
> until I went to boarding school in year 11 my mother read out loud to 
> us
> every night and many days while my sister and I drew or sewed and my 
> father
> did the dishes. We read many books. I always chose Narnia and my sister
> chose The Silver Brumby. We read Dickens and Lawson, Shakespeare, 
> Harper
> Lee, Shaw and many, many others (including at least one biology 
> textbook).
> Besides this, we would read a chapter of the Bible out loud each 
> morning and
> often still be there at lunchtime with concordances and interlinear 
> texts
> spread out across the kitchen table. I also remember my parents reading
> C.S.Lewis' theological books and collections of sermons to each other.
> Aimee and I often read aloud to each other when we can't agree on who 
> gets a
> book first. We've read several Pratchetts and half a dozen DWJs and the
> Order of the Phoenix (almost all in one night). I have a friend who 
> wants me
> to read LotR to her - I haven't read that out since I read it to my 
> sister
> in 1995. I also read to my father a great deal - when he could still 
> drive,
> I was banned from reading Pratchett to him because it made him cry with
> laughter. I also read whatever military history book he's on at the 
> time.
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