Thursday, September 17, 2009
Our 7-year-old is excited about reading.
Sunday night after her bath, Erin positioned herself beside me on the couch and continued her reading of “The Secret of the Old Clock,” the first ever of the famous Nancy Drew Mystery Stories.
She has to do 20 minutes of reading nightly as part of her second-grade classwork, and she chose this one, which once belonged to her big sister Emma.
It’s sort of a tough one to tackle for a second grader, but she’s enjoying herself and definitely learning new words and their meanings as she goes along.
She will come to a difficult word and ask her dad or mom for the pronunciation and the definition. I will be honest, there have been a couple we’ve had to look up.
Nancy Drew is a fictional young amateur detective in various mystery series for children and teens. Created by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate book packaging firm, the character first appeared in 1930. The books have been ghostwritten by a number of authors and are published under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene.
The character has proved continuously popular worldwide – at least 80 million copies of the books have been sold, and the books have been translated into over two dozen languages.
Erin’s reading of “The Secret of the Old Clock” has stirred memories of my childhood days.
My favorite books were the Hardy Boys Mystery Stories. I read several, starting with the first – “The Tower Treasure.”
The Hardy Boys, Frank and Joe Hardy, are fictional teenage brothers and amateur detectives. The characters, too, were created by Edward Stratemeyer, and the books have been written by many different ghostwriters over the years. The Hardy Boys books are published under the collective pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon.
Hardy Boys books sell more than a million copies a year. Several additional volumes are published annually, and the boys’ adventures have been translated into more than 25 languages.
Frank and Joe live in the fictional town of Bayport with their father, detective Fenton Hardy, their mother, Laura Hardy, and their Aunt Gertrude.
No doubt, the Hardy Boys contributed greatly to my love for reading as a child. They were constantly involved in adventure and action, and once I would start one of the books I couldn’t put it down. After reading one, I wanted the next one in the series. The second one, The House on the Cliff, was another favorite.
My elementary teachers and my mom pushed me to read, and I’m so glad they did.
I strongly believe reading is the foundation of all learning.
I’m concerned that the constant wave of technology today may hinder our children’s reading.
But I know, too, that public libraries were busier than ever this past summer and school districts seem to be putting more and more emphasis on reading and spending dollars on new books for school libraries.
Parents, please encourage your young children to read. There’s nothing more important in the educational process.
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