Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lost Power but Found the Joy of Reading...

Thrilled she's reading... And thrilled we can now turn on a lamp...

While we've been at my mom's in Connecticut without power, we've spent time at the town shelter (the library) and at a bookstore that had a generator. Along the way, something just *clicked* for Natalia and she has now really, truly, discovered the joy of reading. She had been working her way more and more through junior books written for girls (the Candy Apple Series, Judy Moody, Ivy and Bean, etc.), but wasn't confident enough to try anything else...

Then this book caught her eye, she picked it up, and couldn't put it down until she was done:

She LOVED My Very UnFairy Tale Life. She carried it everywhere, even while walking through the grocery store, etc. It's wonderful to have to actually tell her, "Could you please stop reading for just A BIT for a your own safety??!"

I hope that her newfound confidence and joy in reading in English will inspire her to have a more positive attitude about doing so in Russian... She isn't remotely interested and it's like pulling teeth to get her to do it... It would help if there were more books available to young readers in Russian that she actually would want to pick up; you can't even compare the choices available here to what you can get there...

I emailed Anna Staniszewski, and she wrote me back right away, happy to answer a few questions for Natalia as she works on a book report for school... Yay!

If your daughter is spunky and independent with a wry sense of humor and loves fairy tales—but isn't so into the "pink princess thing"—get her the book and be prepared for her to disappear for a while!


Tina in CT said...

Yeah, she's now like the rest of the family - an avid reader.

Irina said...

I'm sorry you are having trouble finding Russian books that Natalia might enjoy! Here are some books that I liked when I was growing up in Russia and was about her age. You may have tried some of them already, of course, as most of these books are very well-known in Russia.

- "Volshebnik Izumrudnogo goroda" and its five sequels by Aleksandr Volkov. (The first book is based on The Wizard of Oz, and the sequels, especially the first two or three, include some characters and plot lines reminiscent of Frank Baum's books as well)
- Stories by Viktor Dragunsky and Nikolai Nosov
- Gianni Rodari's books
- The Moomins books by Tove Jansson
- Folk tales from China, India, and Japan
- "Dinka" and its sequel, "Dinka proshchaetsya s detstvom," by Valentina Oseeva
- "Doroga ukhodit v dal'" by Aleksandra Brushtein - still one of my favorite books!
- Stories by Jack London and O. Henry (I was probably a little older when I read these, maybe 10 or 11)

Hope this helps!