Me - "How's your new book series? The one we got over the weekend."
B - "It's great!"
Me - "What makes it great?"
B - "It's fantasy."
Silence. (I'm not getting anything more easily, I think.)
Me - "What makes it fantasy, is there magic, what are the characters doing?"
B - "You know how the book is hardback?"
Me - "Yes, just the first one."
B - "I love when books have the paper cover because then you can use the front flap for a bookmark and then when you get further in the book, you can use the back flap as a bookmark. It's GREAT for when you can't find a bookmark to use, like me right now."
Interesting. (I'm thinking, at least she has no plans to dog-ear the pages.)
All day I've been pondering this conversation. I didn't get much of a book conversation going. I learned she likes the book. She likes it because it's fantasy. I saw her reading it yesterday, so she's sticking with it. We don't buy a lot of hardback books but the book flap as a bookmark is an interesting feature. It's also interesting because for many years prior to this the book jackets always came/come off of books because she didn't like them. They got in the way. Now that she sees a purpose beside the given purpose, book jackets are GREAT!
Kids are so interesting. Sometimes we have to set aside our own agendas and let them lead a conversation to discover something unique or special or enjoyable to them. I can't wait to make the time this fall to find interesting nuggets with my new readers.
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