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September 27, 2009 - Jennifer Brookens
This past summer, my daughter was a part of the Martin County Library summer reading program and I think I enjoyed it as much as she did, for I got reacquainted with some old friends.
What a thrill it's been finding books on the children's shelves that were favorites of mine when I was a girl: the Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and Roald Dahl books I once knew by heart. I remember how my teachers in First, Second and Third grades would read these books aloud to the class, and it was my favorite part of the day. Granted, these books are still above my daughter's reading level, but it's only a matter of time before she will be able to enjoy these classics for herself. In the meantime, I've decided to take up the tradition of reading these books to her, with a few chapters each evening. We just started "James and the Giant Peach," and I recognize my own young, excited voice from my daughter when she says, "Just one more chapter?!"
Earlier this year, she received the "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" DVD, and it quickly became her favorite movie. I had to show her the "Willy Wonka" version of the movie from the 1970s (which she was kind enough to tolerate). Then I recently found another Roald Dahl book that was made into a movie, "Matilda," at the library. She watched it at least three times when she had to stay home from school one day last week.
It may not make sense why I'm so giddy about this, but it's exciting to me that I'm able to share a piece of my childhood with my kids and they actually get it and love it too. Because when it comes time to explain vinyl records and life without the Internet, I'm sure they won't have a clue.
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