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So last night, I was reading Harry Potter on the couch and Savvy was watching one of her cartoons in her play area. Either on her TV that’s in there or on her iPad.
And she came in with her boogie board writing device. It’s like a stencil – no, it’s like a… it’s like an iPad that you write on. I don’t know where we got it.
She was practicing writing sentences and she needed some help with some words.
And she looked at the book and saw I was reading Harry Potter.
And so she asked me if I was at this scene or that scene, basically stuff from the second or third movie.
I told her no, this is the first one. Where here he finds out that he has a wizard and he goes to wizard school.
And she just started rolling off that story. “Oh! This happens and this and this and this…”
So I started reading out loud to her from the point at which I was.
And let me tell you what.
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She was entranced.
I’m a good reader. I read with emotion and I change the voices around and stuff. But children love to have their parents read to them, especially a favorite story that they’ve seen and know the characters and know the story. Like Harry Potter.
I told her when I was done with the book we were going to watch the movie, and that we would probably watch one of the movies every night this week. She was thrilled.
But I remember Jenny saying she read the books to her kids and how much they loved them.
So maybe when I’m done with this book I’ll get the other ones and read them to my six-year-old.
The chapters are short so you can probably read them out loud in about 15 minutes. We could read one every night at bedtime or something…
She was literally sitting on the floor gazing up at me as I sat on the couch and read words about characters that she knew. Harry and Hermione and Hagrid.
Really opened my eyes.
And if we buy the books and read them to her, then later on she will be able to read them herself.
I guess I’m buying all the books. I want to have that kind of quality time with my daughter.
So that’s another thing I learned from J. K. Rowling.
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