Our Odyssey into Chapter Books

The kid and I have been reading chapter books together for over a year now.  Our nightly adventures have taken us many places included Mistress Lily’s fairy school, Mount Olympus Academy, and we’ve even been to the Underworld a few times.  We’ve uncovered clues leading us to discover who’s dog was frightening the sheep of a local farmer, and had dinosaurs come to our aid when we were chasing bad guys in a kayak.  We’ve helped a mom who’s baby was under a strange enchantment, rode winged ponies to and from the realm of humans on several occasions,and winged sandals?  We’re old hat at wearing those.

To be honest, I’d never really sat down and thought about all the places chapter books have already taken the little girl.  After a lifetime of reading you can lose sight of the magic a little bit…  take it for granted, I suppose.  But tonight we were looking at some of the chapter books she owns (many of the ones we’ve read were borrowed at the library, but she’s getting quite the collection of her own books too).  As she touched the spines of several of them, one at a time, she’d mention the name of the hero:  “Athena, Aphrodite, Persephone, Artemis, Odysseus…”  I didn’t realize how much we’d read that came from stories of the ancient Gods and Goddesses, until I heard her mention four or five names in a row.   We’ve read older stories, like Black Beauty and Beauty and the Beast, and newer chap books like The Goddess Girls and Tales from the Odyssey.

One love this has rekindled for me personally is my childhood love of book orders.  I remember waiting every month for a new order form, browsing through the current offerings, getting to pick out one or two every time… and then waiting impatiently for them to come in.  I again get to order books, excitedly from Scholastic every month.  I forgot about the great deals (or maybe I never realized just how well priced they always were).  We just got the first five of the Goddess Girls books for fifteen bucks vs the five or six bucks a piece you’d pay for them at the book store.  We’d only read the first three from the library, so we’re both excited to continue with the series.

I don’t know where I’m going with this.  It’s a bit of a ramble.  But if I could say nothing else, it really has been an odyssey.  An exciting, fantastic, wonderful odyssey.  🙂  So get reading!  You could be helping your child start a life long love affair.

About Tobi-Dawne

Tobi-Dawne Smith is many things to many people... photographer, canine behaviour expert, equal rights activist, green politician, lactivist, intactivist, writer, crafter, dog handler, third wave feminist, etc. But most important in her life is her role as mother to an amazing five year old. Learn more about TD at http://www.tobi-dawne.com/ follow her blog at https://td365.wordpress.com/ get to know her daughter at http://lilyannslemonade.wordpress.com/ or check out her work at http://tdphotography.me/

Posted on December 15, 2011, in Family, Joy Journey, Parenting and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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