So a few posts back, I mentioned I was going to have my now 9 year old daughter read the Deathly Hallows before the movie hits the theaters. Well, there was a change of plans and instead, I've been reading it to her.*
Well, last night as we embarked upon Chapter 14, I was exhausted and too tired to read. I asked if we could put it off until tomorrow and she said, "I'll read."
Stunned I said, "okay" and handed her the book where she proceeded to pronounce all the strange magical and British words better than me (damn you Hooked on Phonics). She read excitedly through four pages and assessed how far it was until the end of the chapter.
We've been reading off and on for weeks. Usually I say, "Lets read for a while" and she huffs into the bedroom near tears because she's going to miss some TV show. I then read to her and she plays with a spot on the wall, or tries to coax the cat into her lap, or blows spit bubbles. I wasn't even sure she's been paying attention.** But last night, she seemed genuinely excited about the story and even caught a light sense of sarcasm in something Hermione said.
I ended up reading the bulk of the chapter, but she insisted on reading the last three pages. I'm so proud of her. I'm already looking for a good book to follow this one. Maybe something neither of us has read.
Any suggestions on children's fantasy for a girl who loves ghosts, zombies and princesses?
*Somehow handing an 8 year old a 750 pg book and saying "Here, read this" didn't go over too well.
**Of course we have a review each night and she can repeat the high points of the tale.