I decided to blog about this not just because I'm ecstatic that my son is actually now wanting to read independently, all on his own, and he's reading chapter books! But what touches my heart is that he's enjoying stories that I treasured as a child. I've loved reading and books since I could put letters and words and sentences together...the Book Geek in me sprouted very early on. Ramona Quimby holds a special place in my bibliophile heart because it was her stories that really showed me how enjoyable reading was. And like Jeromy is now, I could most definitely identify with her natural curiosity. Meeting Ramona in books was like meeting a new friend who knew exactly what it was like to be in nursery school, to be 8 years old, or to be in fourth grade, to have older siblings that were always somehow irritated with me, and who knew what it was like to have every one think she was a pest! Now of course, I don't think of my son as a pest, but I believe that in Ramona he has found a friend whom he can relate to. It will be very interesting to watch and see how he reacts to the next Ramona stories he reads. And more importantly, I'm just going to enjoy seeing him curl up with a good book because HE wants to read, and not just because mommy is making him.
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