Tuesday, 28 November 2006

A chapter a night: Good reads in the Garden

Bedtime was never so much fun
After a much-loved auntie gave me this book to read to my girls, I figured it would be a great way to get them immersed in a longer story that could be told each night, a bit at a time, to kick off our excellent adventure across Canada.

The Secret Garden is a gorgeous tale, and it held their attention big-time. Of course it didn't hurt that we got to tackle it from some of the most scenic locations Canada has to offer. On this particular night, we read a chapter beside French Lake, in Ontario's divine Quetico Provincial Park.
Reading in the dark inside the tent - with everybody decked out with headlamps - is so much fun. I highly recommend it!


Anonymous said...

I love this entry. Reading to children is one of the most important and soul satisfying activities that any of we old guys can, do, especially in this age of fast, fast , fast. We learn as much about ourselves as we do our children, maybe even more as we mve bask to times when we were less socialy condtioned and matbe a bit more authentic. And to do this reading in such an environment...what a wonderful treat!

Nancy Harper said...

Thank you, kind person. I started showing Annie picture books when she was a few months old, perhaps because we were on the road back then, too (camping around Tasmania) and we didn't have a lot of stuff to amuse her with. It worked a charm - at age 7, she's already a bookworm!

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