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|Think Red, Black and White|
Posted On 2009-03-30 , 9:04 PM
My thirteen year old grand-daughter recently caught the reading bug. It happened with the popularity of the "Twilight" books. You know, the one about the good vampire. Last summer she started buying the books with her allowance and has read The Complete Twilight Saga Collection – more than once. She loaned them to her friends and they caught the reading bug, too. So when I say think red for vampire I'm sure you can guess why (bl**d is another word on my no-no list); and black and white is for the pages of a book. (Remember that old riddle: What's black and white and read all over? A newspaper.)
My grand-daughter doesn't know it, but she has inspired me to write an article for Buzzing Kids World about catching the reading bug. It can make big changes in a kid's life. Some of the older girls are chatting in Instant Messenger that they're "dumping" their boyfriends saying they're looking for someone more like Edward, the gentle vampire, if you can imagine that! Did I mention fantasy? Not my grand-daughter, of course, she's still into sports, not boys, and is on the Honor Roll at school. Did I hear someone say, "Sure, KidsGranny, not your grand-daughter!" Let me be, please, with my own fantasies – all my grandkids are angels. But aren't everybody's!
Here's a tip: Read to your kids. Have them read to you. It helps them dream of the possibilities – now and later!
|1. ||Well, Artist Anika, I wouldn't have thought of doing the article at all if it hadn't been for my grand-daughter reading Twilight. I drew Harry Potter out of the hat. But, I'm delighted to know about the ones you mentioned and will come up with some way to cite them in the article. |
And no problem with your rant - I have pet peeves, too. (Now who was it who told me recently that you can't please all the people all the time. Pretty sure it was someone you know rather well. ^.^).
Thanks again for posting and the book suggestions.
Just swirling around in this big wide world today.
- by Marie Renn, 2009-03-31, 3:38 PM
|2. ||Oh no, not you too!|
Don't get me wrong, I love reading and I'm even sure the Twilight books are great, but I'm seeing it EVERYWHERE now. It's like Harry Potter all over again (I refused to read those until the third book was out and the hype was dying down a little).
I'm a big fan of reading, but I hate the hype that some books recieve. Especially when there are so many great books out there that deserve as much, if not more attention.
Personally, my favorite Young Adult books are The Prydain Chronicles, written by Lloyd Alexander. I actually love any books by that author, but the Prydain Chronicles are my favorite.
I also love Anne McCafferey and Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (both also Young Adult authors). Amelia Atwater-Rhodes was 12 when she wrote her first book and they are all amazing (she has quite a few books out now and she is still in her early 20s).
Anyway, love that you are promoting reading for kids! Sorry about the Twilight rant. ^.~
From my worlds to yours:
- by Artist Anika, 2009-03-31, 10:27 AM