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Joy of reading
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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.
Author's Note
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To some, this may seem a bit out of date...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.
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 other pages in this site.
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Last update 4/4/2013
The premise of this story is that some folks are small and some
folks are tall but small or tall makes no difference at all, it's the
size of your person, the way you seem to others, that counts.

Our daughter was always the smallest one in her class. So was I
until I grew six inches one summer. When I returned to school
that year I was the tallest girl in our class. I promised our
daughter that she would grow like I did... but she didn't. I wrote
this story for her the day we relized that she would always be a
smidge under five foot. Still, this story is for everyone because
-- whether you're small or tall, it's still the way you are to others,
the way you treat them, that counts.
the Small and Tall of it