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The House on the Hill Where Matilda Lived
Read a story without
pictures to the child
snuggled in your lap,
and his or her
imagination will learn
to create the scene
and action.
A little lost puppy longs to be wanted. Joy grows
in his heart when he discovers that the house on
the hill where Matilda lives has an doghouse.
Maybe, just maybe something is missing at the
house on the hill where Matilda lives.

I spent my childhood in a house on a hill and I
played a major role in true stories  of a lost
animals looking for a home. We always seemed
to have room for one more. You'll have to read
this story to find out if there is room for a lost
puppy at the house on the hill where Matilda

This is not a picture book. It's a lap-story, best
enjoyed during quiet snuggle time. Grandparents
are very good at this. Parents run a close
Teach Your Child
Joy of reading
At 18 months, my great granddaughter could find her favorite app on
her mom’s iPhone and watch her favorite cartoon. By the time she
reached three, her tiny fingers skillfully maneuvered Scarlett Fox
through the turns, jumps, and slides of Temple Run2 to achieve an out
standing score. I'm  impressed with this amazing ability, but I'm old
fashioned enough to worry. How will she ever discover the joy of
reading in this computerized toy-land?  It's hard to compete with so
much visual and action packed entertainment, but I want to her to crawl
into my lap and say, "Read me a story, Granny."  Snuggled in my arms I
want her to enjoy the words that create the story and learn the joy of
reading. My hope is that our shared experience will kindle an appetite
for stories that will motive her to learn to read, and practice until she
reads well. Then she'll be able to learn just about anything she wants.

To some, this may seem a bit out of date... but I've been through "new
math" and  "whole language learning" with my children and
grandchildren. I read the statistics - a whole lot of kids don't read all
that well, consequently many of them don't do so well in math and
science either.

A child who learns the joy of reading will want to read. I think "want to"
is the best motivation. I
believe the foundation for that should be laid
very early, a babe in arms, listening to a parent or grandparent's gentle

voice reading a story. As they grow older, the memory of the warmth
and comfort lingers. The child will outgrow the lap but the love for story

will last. And then, what could be more motivating than an open a book
and words that take you to new places peopled with characters that do
the most unexpected things.  The more the child reads the better he or
she will read.

The ability to read cracks the door to doing well in all school subjects.
Reading well throws it wide open.
Author's Note
About the Author
Deanne Durrett's first story for children appeared in Highlights for
Children in 1972. Since then her work has appeared in numerous
magazines, some for children and others for parents. MY NEW SISTER
THE BULLY a novel for mid-grade readers was published in 1986. And
by 2005 she had a published list of 22 nonfiction books for kids and
adults. She has always thought reading, and reading well, opened the
door to opportunity as well as pleasure. For more information check out
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