Maybe this has been going on for some time, but please remember, I have been on a Barnsey Ban- perhaps a bit of a 12 step program to curb my little addiction. Regardless, WTF?!
Now, Mimi loves her a good chapter book. When I moved to teach second grade, I discovered some amaze balls new characters and re-discovered some old friends from the olden days when I was in school. (I'll have to tell tales of yore to the Mini someday...you know, "yore"? Also known as "before iPads and e readers"?) However, I worry.
I worry that in the craze to push their children to move forward, do better, score higher and get into Princeton, parents may abruptly abandon the picture book in favor of the chapter book. Remember this little rant? Sharing a picture book with the Mini brings me nothing but joy. Girlfriend may be just over a year, but she is full of opinions and in addition to hating chicken, she has stories that are her favorites, that make her laugh and smile. Going into classrooms and sharing a picture book with kids in first grade and kids in fifth grade is also high on the list of My Fave Things To Do (along with needing out, blogging and shoe shopping).
Although I still heart my Barnsey, I hope that this change is just a reflection of a need for a new look and not a sign of things to come.
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