Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sophie's Squash

As many parents know, the window of opportunity for brain development and optimal time for learning is early on. Which is why early education is so important. My daughter, Molly, at age 4 is like a sponge. She is curious and has a powerful memory.  Sometimes I explain topics that are way beyond her comprehension. She doesn't get it all, but takes away pieces.

This is the case when we read Sophie's Squash, a recommendation from Miss Nancy at The Storybook Shoppe.  We turned the book into a discussion about personification.  (For anyone needing a refresher on third grade English:  personification is a figure of speech in which inanimate objects are given human qualities.)

When Sophie gets a squash at the farmers' market, she turns it into her best friend Bernice. She wraps her squash up in a blanket and rocks it to sleep.  She brings it to the library and to visit her squash friends.  This was our great opportunity to talk about personification!  Since Molly has made things human before with objects that aren't really human.

But when Sophie's parents urge her to do something with her squash (like donate it to a food pantry or eat it before it gets mushy), Sophie can't bear the thought!  Find out what Sophie ends up doing with this squash, this ending is so delightful.  (Hint: there's a garden!)

Of course not every book needs to be a teaching moment.  There are plenty of books that we read purely for entertainment value.  I recently read an interview with J.K. Rowling about her son who is an avid reader. The interviewer asked what the secret is for getting her son to read.  Her response surprised me. She said as a parent, you can't be picky about what you child is reading.  If they want to read comic books, let them.  If they want to read about vampires, let them.  The important thing is that they are reading.

What I truly love about The Storybook Shoppe and their staff is that they always seem to recommend books that educational and entertaining. I don't have to make a choice.  We love how Miss Nancy and her staff have actually read all the books, and how they know which ones will hit home.

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