The Dividends of Reading to Your Child

Owl Pussycat

Children who read become adults who think!

Our twin boys loved to be read to and it was special one-on-one time as I would first read to one, then the other.

While we had a variety of books there was a time for about a year that one book was requested night, after night, after night.

That book was “The Owl & the Pussycat” written by Edward Lear in 1867.

“The owl & the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat. They took some honey, and plenty of money, wrapped up in a five-pound note.”

Long before he could read, my youngest was reciting along with me as I turned the pages. Knowing that he was not reading, I distracted him, turned the book upside down and then put it in front of him again.

He continued to recite the words as I turned the page. He had memorized the text!

Whether it is by reading or listening to audio, both boys continue to expand their knowledge and wisdom.

As Chief Dan George quoted: “My heart soars like a hawk” to see that their love of reading has been passed down to their children!

Owl Pussycat

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