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It hit me today that I am an intellectual snob while I was watching my daughter's classmates talk about the most recent book orders while waiting to be picked up after school.

I'm thrifty and put together an order of 13 books for just under $25: a five-pack of Beverly Cleary's Ramona books, a five-pack of Magic School Bus books from the Scholastic Reader series, and a three-pack of Flat Stanley books.

I stick to a basic book order buying plan of a mix of "one-sitting reads", chapter books, and something popular that she can relate with her classmates about reading. I know that sounds a bit doofey for me, but I think that  having some of her reading be titles or series popular with her classmates helps her socialization skills. The school librarian is great at keeping me up-to-date on what's popular (because libraries : me :: crackhouse : junkies) and I let Laurel pick out whatever she wants when we go book shopping as a family, so I think my book order buying plan works well for us.

Back to the story, a classmate of Laurel's came over to show us what he got and tell Laurel what he got was better. (This isn't a character judgment, it's just what he does.) For nearly twice the cost of what we spent, he got just two items: a My Pod Storybook & Personal Music Player (part of the Reader's Digest "book and player" format, it's a ROM player) and a large-format picture book that came with 3-D glasses.

I think this explains why I never see any books when I've visited their home.

After that, I thought "I bet that explains why their fifth grader displays reading skills at a second grade level." I know there's more involved that I don't know about, but it makes me sad that they have a huge big-screen TV as the primary piece of furniture in their living/diving area and no books in sight other than the mom's textbooks and a few religious titles. What's there for the the kids to read? (I'm not suggesting that the Bible's not good, just that it's scant variety for recreational reading.)


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Feb. 22nd, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Hey -- can you add my new journal? I switched from jessis to jrsonday.

Thank you!! :-)
Feb. 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. I am amazed that the average college graduate only reads 1 book a year. Now, since I read 87 last year, that means a lot of people never read at all. How do people not read? I find myself sneaking it in all the time. I also have a book in the car and read 3 or 4 at a time.

Reading is such an important thing in our house. I know that the oldest has gotten that. I have become my mother and am often heard saying "Put that book down at the dinner table." I caved about breakfast since it was books or cereal boxes. :)

Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
ince I read 87 last year, that means a lot of people never read at all
Well, g_dd_mnit, cut back a little and let them have a chance!

Feb. 23rd, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)

Actually I was in a very big slump for the past 6 years. Young ones and reading are definitely antithetical. So I was part of 50bookchallenge and 15000pages last year as a challenge for myself. I am hoping for 100 and 30,000 this year. But I will try not to hog all the good ones.
Feb. 23rd, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
I dunno. I don't see much trouble suggesting the Bible isn't good reading. I got bored halfway through Genesis.

Feb. 24th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
I wholeheartedly agree. But, I'm also a book snob.
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