I'm often amazed (and pleased) at how children already in elementary school are reading big books for fun. They can curl up for hours with the Harry Potter novels and read them all by the time they enter middle school, and while in middle school they finish off more challenging fantasy works like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. They become deeply absorbed in reading these thick volumes, and regard the experience as pure delight.
My siblings and I had all read Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson by the time we entered junior high school, and I still remember the intense enjoyment I derived from reading Don Quixote as a sophomore in high school (neglecting to do my regular class assignments while preoccupied with Cervantes' huge tome for a couple of weeks). Read the rest of this entry »
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