Monday, March 12, 2012

Summary from B&N:  When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundredth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak." Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college.

The concept of this book completely intrigued me. 

I absolutely believe in the value in reading to your kids, other people’s kids, any kid you can get to sit still (or hold down) long enough to listen.  It broadens their horizons, helps them learn about the world, and is a great tool for connecting.

I was a “read to” kid.  And I partially contribute my voracious reading and love of all things literary to that.  I also started reading on my own at an early age…that no doubt has helped in both school and life.

In fact, I’m sad at the fact I haven’t been able to establish a reading routine with my step-daughters.  I tried.  They weren’t interested.  I figured it would be best not to push it – pick your battles and all that jazz.  So all of my collected books for my “someday children” sit on a shelf where I visit them occasionally.  Luckily I have had some nieces and nephews I’ve been able to trap for a story now and again.

Anyway, back to the book.  I loved the concept.  A father and daughter reading together for eight years…every day.  To make it that kind of priority.  Amazing. 

I was a little disappointed in the book because I expected it to be more about the reading – books they’d read, lessons learned from the books, connections over books, etc.  And it really wasn’t that.  It was more about the author’s relationship with her father and the dynamics of that.  You get vignettes of their outings and conversations with only snippets of their reading.

Still, huge kudos for creating and accomplishing such a goal.  Those books will connect them to each other and their world.

As a bonus, there is an abbreviated reading list in the back.  Yikes!  More to add to the “to read” list.

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