Relationship with Books

We have been borrowing the same books from the library and we finally bought our own set. That means cutting our library dues in half, since I always manage to return these books after the due date.

The endless succession of story-books, scenes, shifting like a panorama before the child's vision, is a mental and moral dissipation; he gets nothing to grow upon, or is allowed no leisure to digest what he gets.

                                                                                                                             - Charlotte Mason

 I used to borrow bags of books from the library and read them all to the kids. But months ago, I decided to only read Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner and Beatrix Potter for story time.  My son loves it and is now familiar with each character. He never tires of hearing the audio version of the book as we drive off somewhere.  I must admit that my knowledge of Winnie the Pooh was limited to the Disney version. I had no idea that it is good literature for children or any age for that matter.  Like what was written in the AO website, don't accept substitutes for the original stories by A.A. Milne. I highly highly recommend buying the set!

I realized that though I have read a lot of books, I don't particularly have a strong connection with any characters on my bookshelf the way my son has with Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends. There is definitely value in reading slowly and cherishing words  instead of just gobbling it all up. Which reminds me, why did my teachers focus on speed reading at an early age? I was taught techniques to speed read and it has become second nature to read this way. It does have its advantages but I think I'll try slowing down. What's the rush anyways?


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