Reading aloud (was Pooh!)

deborah deborah at
Tue Nov 11 11:49:39 EST 2003

On Wed, 22 Oct 2003, 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.

This is *so* cool.

There were green alligators, and long necked geese
Humpty-backed camels and chimpanzees
Cats and rats and elephants, but Lord, I'm so forlorn
I just can't find no unicorn.		-- Shel Silverstein

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