Waiting too long for a good thing…

As many of you already know, I read chapter books to my daughter every night.  It’s just part of our routine.  It’s a time both she and I equally enjoy, a time we both look forward to all day.

Well…  We’d heard a lot of good things about the Magic Tree House series.  And then at a big consignment sale a couple of weekends ago I was able to pick up five of the books (used) for only $1.50 (and not each, that was for the bundle), so we nabbed them.  Tonight?  Tonight we read one from cover to cover.  Yep.  The whole book.  At least the two we read before it had lasted a couple nights (3/4s of a book in the first night, 1/4 of it the second when we also got through 1/2 of another, finishing it the next night).  So in 4 nights, we’ve finished three books.  I have to say…  I’m really glad we got them used for what we did.  LOL

I think this really was an instance of waiting too long to check out a good thing.  The books are charming, but I think they’d have been more appropriate when she was on the cusp of turning three.  At four and three quarters we’re reading things like the Goddess Girls, Mary Pope Osborne’s take on the Odyssey – Tales From the Odyssey (just a side note, Osborne’s also the author of the Magic Tree House books), Harry Potter, and The Wide Awake Princess.  They all make this series seem a little too juvenile.  However, I do think they may still be a good fit for when she first begins reading chapter books on her own.

So yeah.  An entire chapter book in one evening is a pretty good sign that it’s time to pick up something else.  Damon is reserving the second Harry Potter book for us, and hopefully it will be ready for pick up tomorrow or the next day (love our little library, they’ll bring in anything for us that they don’t already have – even if they have to bring it in from elsewhere in the province).  And on Thursday our next book order is due in, and we’ll be ordering the next Goddess Girls book, “Medusa the Mean”.  So we’ll be set for the next while again.  🙂

Yay for reading!

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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 May 7, 2012, in Family, Just a Note, Parenting and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Good on you that takes your time and read proper books with or for your daughter. Books are a fantastic journey and we can learn so much from them, how to use the words and travel anywhere we what to. Always something that will stick with us for life, if the book is interesting enough. Have read so many books in my adult life, but during the last 15 years I haven’t finished one – just like my senses are overfilled, but I think it’s more like I have got into other things, like DVD, blogs and social network. Had over 1500 books and everyone read, but moving to a smaller apartment I had to get cut it down to 400 books. I think books make a home, even if it’s not in fashion.

    • Very honestly, what are we without our stories? It’s our stories (fiction and non) that create our histories and our worlds. Without them society wouldn’t have much of a leg to stand on. As individuals our lives are a series of stories as well… Narative is more important than people tend to give it credit for. I can’t imagine raising my daughter without books, without stories. It’s the only way to really explore. 🙂

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