Monday, December 2, 2013

The Magic Of Learning ... Through Reading

Most of us learned to read as children.

We kept reading as adults because the power of story is magical. This is a reader's group, so I am sure you all agree.

To get our discussion going today, let's begin with a few basic questions.

Q4U= Why do you like to read?

Sadie= I read to learn. No fiction for me.

Angela= You can learn a lot from fiction.

Sadie= How? Isn't fiction just a bunch of lies?

Angela= Well written fiction is based on true principals. Long before the written word was available to the masses, history tells us our ancestors passed on our value system and lessons with story.

Noelle= I like to read when I am blue. Reading a good story will lift my spirits.

Sadie= But isn't that just ... well a crutch?

Noelle= Is Insulin a crutch? Is food and shelter a crutch? Reading is food for the mind.

Sadie= Then be careful what you read.

Angela= Exactly. And statistics prove that children who read fiction are more adaptable to the society around them.

Zelda= I feel sorry for those who don't read fiction. Novels open up all new worlds to me.

Sadie=. Maybe I am missing out on something. Okay, I'm game to test you on that one. So suggest a book for me to read. What was the very best novel you have read this year.

Q4U= Readers, can you help out us out? What books can you suggest for Sadie?

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Sharon A Lavy lives on a farm, with her husband, in SW Ohio. When not reading, writing, or sewing for her family, she enjoys traveling with her husband in the small plane they call Papa. 
She is best known in the novel writing community, as that German Baptist lady.
In the Old German Baptist community, she’s a dressmaker, a pattern maker, and the sister who writes.
And in her own mind, she’s a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, but above all a child of God. 
Her greatest desire is to be a woman after God’s own heart
Because when it’s all said and done
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  1. Gosh, its hard to recommend a book - I read romance, but she might hate it. I'd "probably" recommend a classic book I've read and loved - something from Nora Roberts, who has such a mass appeal so the odds of Sadie liking it are improved. Or if she liked crafts, a Debbie Macomber. That kind of thing. And cross fingers I was right...

  2. I expect you are right. We need to draw Sadie out and see what her interests are. Good thinking.

  3. Trying to recommend one book is very difficult. As Joanne suggested, I guess it depends on Sadie's interests. I would go for a classic, maybe pride and prejudice if she likes historical time periods.

  4. This conversation is triggering a full blown scene in my mind. What happened in Sadie's past? Did she ever like to read stories? Is it something she thinks should be left in childhood? If so why would she think that way?

  5. Historical fiction is good for learning something new and for appreciating story elements. I'm currently reading my way through Kathy Lynn Emerson's 'Face Down' historical mystery series and learning a great deal about Elizabethan England.

  6. That is so true, Patricia. For someone who loves history I would for sure recommend historical fiction. Because it needs to be based on facts and the story element would make the learning painless.