Monday, June 6, 2011

Critical Readers


My favourite discussion halfway through my picture book reading to a crowd of 4-6 year old children yesterday:
Me: "I wish we could get out of this book, says Tiny Cat..."
Boy, suddenly: "Cats cannot talk."
Me: "Well yes, technically this book is a translation. I could read it in the original, but then it would be all meaow meaow. I translated it for you."
Boy, raising one eyebrow: "You DIDN'T. You can only do that with SCIENCE."
Me: "Ah. You need to learn about the power of ART, m'boy. - Coincidentally there is a collage workshop after I read this book, why don't we discuss this then?"
Boy: "OK."
Me: "So. - Excellent idea! Says the big cat... How will they get out into the world? Let's see..."
Boy: "They are already out in the world. The book is in the world."

5 comments:

John Peacock said...

I blame Richard Dawkins.

Viviane Schwarz said...

I totally approve.

Kirsty said...

:-D
The joys of working with children....

Peter Bangs said...

This is the sort of conversation I've had with my practically minded 9 year old daughter for the last 5 or 6 years. Her dear old dad's flights of fancy tend to be met with practical objections or eye rolling and "daddy your just being silly" these days.

Viviane Schwarz said...

It's so much more fun when they really pay attention...