Apple Cheeks

It’s been a while since I posted on little Miss Apple.   So far, summer is keeping her busy.  Yet…she misses school.

[never a whisper of missing school from our oldest two children]

Swim team practice, swim meets, swimming with her friends, riding her scooter or bike and pet sitting have filled Apple’s days.  It has only been two weeks since school let out for summer!

With all of our other activities and vacation plans – Apple hasn’t lost her joy of reading.  Friday after swim practice, we decided to order some good reads for her summer vacation.  At this moment, she is reading The Tale of Despereaux.  {Kate DiCamillo}   We found this book packed away – in her big brothers bin filled with karate medals and baseball collectors cards.  The only book I remember keeping from his rather [small] collection.  Despereaux Tilling is like no other mouse.  Apple insist…it’s a must read!

Books on her wish list are:   The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate   ~  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis   ~  Horses of the Dawn, Star Rise by Kathryn Lasky ~  Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery ~  Elsie Dinsmore; Endless Wait  by Martha Finley [actually the entire series]  ~ Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Books recently read and given great reviews by Apple;   Saige by Jessie Haas, {American Girl Doll} ~ Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder ~ Horses of the Dawn, the Escape by Kathryn Lasky ~ The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

I love that our soon to be 4th grader enjoys reading.  Most importantly, she understands the need for reading.  It’s not only exercising your brain – it strengthens and improves the ability to connect.  By developing our language skills and keep us in conversations.   My husband and I went in the boxing ring a few times with our son when it came to reading.   With our oldest daughter, not so much.  Until  the day came when she discovered a taste of high school reading and the “short cuts” given by using technology in order to complete a book, or writing assignment – she too had the enthusiasm for reading.

But for now….we will celebrate Apples enthusiasm for reading and writing in her journal.  The art of reading has become interrupted by gaming.  I had a parent jokingly tell me that his mother would become so upset with him when he would sit for hours reading at a family function or on vacation.   He took his favorite books with him everywhere.   Of course we do not want our children disconnecting themselves from family or friends just to sit and read during a family event or family vacation….but I will never become upset with my child when she decides to carry her wrinkled and crinkled paperback book on a plane, train or car.  I will never become upset when I hear her tiny voice ask if we may go book shopping.   Apple has a Kindle.  And yes, her library is filled with exciting adventures – as much as the Kindle may store.   But like her momma…there is nothing like turning the pages of an adventure – the smell of a good book – the sound of pages turning – and knowing it will slip into your backpack without a worry.

Happy reading….from Apple and Momma Daisy.   ~~*~~

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