Have you ever re-read a book that you loved when you were a child? Did it have the same impact on you?

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July 16, 2019 / By Ondrea
Question: When people asked me to name my favorite books from when I was a child, I could say without even thinking "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and "Singularity" (I don't remember the author). The images of these books stuck in my mind for years. They had such an impact on me. I had been thinking of them lately and decided to read both of them again, and much to my disappointment, they were definitely not as amazing the second time around. I wish I hadn't read them as an adult, and had just left the memories of the books alone. Any similar stories? Did you enjoy re-reading your childhood favorites or were you very disappointed?
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Maev Maev | 3 days ago
I've regularly reviewed children's books for a number of years, and I'd say there are two main reasons why a favourite book from childhood can sometimes disappoint: Firstly, memories are not the same as reality. The memory of a past event, (including the reading of a book) is stored along with the various feelings felt at that time, which are down to the context in which the memory was formed, (our age, emotional state, background etc). These cannot be repeated, (there's a saying that "You never get a second chance to make a first impression," and this certianly applies to your first impression of a book. An adult, with a mature perspective will rarely feel the same response to a children's book that he or she loved as a child. After all, the book was designed for children. The second reason is down to writing styles. All genres have altered somewhat over the passing years, but none more so than children's fiction. In Victorian times, the narrative voice was condescending and stories generally built around an "improving" moral. By the mid 1950's books, like those by Enid Blyton, were much more fun, but their attitudes to race and class, (which were barely noticiable at the time) now make for uncomfortable reading. However, it is perhaps only during the last decade or two that children's novels have matured to the same standard expected of adult literature. This is partly due to the fact that it is now considered perfectly acceptable for an adult to read children's literature, (something almost unheard of 30 years ago). Plots have become more complex, characters better developed, and pace and dramatic tension have improved enormously. Writers have HAD to respond to the changing tastes of readers. These days children are exposed to highly sophisticated films and TV programs with snappy dialogue. Think of how the wrting has evolved for TV sitcoms over tha last two decades; children's books have had to do the same. It is no longer considered acceptable to simply "tell" the story in the authorial voice of a narrator, but the author must "show" the reader what the characters are feeling. If you are a regular reader of contemporary fiction, then it is almost inevitable that returning to old favourites from childhood will be a disappointment. Although the underlying tale may be great, the style of story telling often, (though not always), feels clumsy, and the pacing pedestrian. Readers who enjoy re-reading a childhood favourite have, perhaps, read little in the intervening years, or re-read a favourite story so regularly and frequently that they've never really forgotten it. It's only when you return to a book after a prolonged absence that it suddenly seems dated. The only books that seem to improve after a prolonged absence are picture books; as a young child we would've responded primarily to the illustrations, but as an adult we may be better equiped to appreciate a succinctly worded story and grasp its message. If you have a deeply happy memory of a book from childhood, I'd advise cherishing the memory and avoid trying to recapture the experience!
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Maev Originally Answered: If you're writing a book report, should the first sentence of the intro start with "In the book ____ by _____," or not? ** READ DETAILS?
Never begin with something so cliche and staid. Instead, opt to begin with a quote, a fact, or an opinion. Open with this in italics: "There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane, he had to fly them. If he flew them, he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to, he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle." (Heller, "Catch-22", page ___.) Or "The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is its inefficiency." (Eugene McCarthy) Or "If the copying machines that came along later had been here during the war, I'm not sure the Allies would have won. We'd all have drowned in paper." (Alan Dickey) Or try opening with: "Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" is ... (..."a powerful/entertaining/humourous read.") Or "In his brilliant novel, "Catch-22", Joseph Heller perfectly illustrates the idiocy and ridiculousness of modern bureaucracy." Those beginnings are far stronger than the tired old hat.

Kerensa Kerensa
I always absolutely loved the little match girl when i was young, and i read it just the other day. It was not quite as magical and beautifully written/worded as i remembered, yet it still brought a tear to me eye... Below is a link to the story for those interested, though it is under the slightly varied title of the little match-seller
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Jacklyn Jacklyn
Lion The Witch and the wardrobe My mum used to read it to me as a child now that I am all grown up I still read it all the time!!!
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Em Em
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry As brilliant now as it ever was when i was young.
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Christie Christie
For you to understand that a country is more than a landmass, etc., I will suggest that you watch the news for 30 minutes a day. You'll see that Syria, North Korea, Libya, Iran, and other governments treat their citizens very differently from the way the rich is America are required to treat its citizens. Read some about the middle ages and serfdom. Read about how the Irish farmers were treated before many emigrated to the U.S. Most people don't join the military because of patriotism. Even so, patriotism is not about a country; it is about a way of life, having freedoms and liberty. Only by learning about the places which do not have liberty and freedom can you understand why it is worth dieing for.
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Christie Originally Answered: What is the best way to teach a child to read?
Your question shows that you have done your homework. Yes, it is true that most of the fun and colorful books serve more as supplemental material than as stand alone programs. I have a great book recommendation for you... one that has all the requirements you mentioned, but first I would love to answer the question "What is the best way to teach a child to read?" PHONICS vs Whole Word Virtually every scientific study done in the past 50 years has found phonics to be far superior to any other method of teaching children to read. But for complicated reasons, the educational establishment and the textbook companies have banded together to ensure that most children in most schools learn to read by the "whole word" method, which means they memorize words without sounding them out or even knowing the names of the letters. Lately schools have taken to saying their reading instruction is "balanced," meaning it includes some phonics, but they don't go much further than having kids identify the sound of the first letter of a word. Sometimes they focus on the last letter, but they DO NOT teach kids to sound out entire words using the rules of phonics. If you have an older child, bring a list of phonics rules to your parent/teacher conferences sometime, and ask the teacher which rules the children are learning. You will probably discover that the children are not learning ANY of the rules, and the teacher doesn't know them either. The only reason schools are now including a little bit of phonics is because it is required by the No Child Left Behind Act. SHORT VOWELS It is very important that young readers master the short vowel sounds, as in "rat," "ten," "rid," "not," "cub" before you throw the long vowels at them, as in "rate," "teen," "ride," "note" and "cube." I can't overemphasize this. It is one of the biggest shortcomings of most phonics programs. The short sounds are much harder to learn, and your child will quickly forget the short vowels if you try to teach the long and short vowels all at once. This is why it's so hard to teach a child to read with the storybooks you have laying around the house. You need a real curriculum that teaches the short vowels first. REPETITION Every parent knows that kids love repetition. A hundred years ago 6th graders were better readers and writers than high school grads are today, and part of the reason was that teachers were not afraid of repetition. A good reading curriculum will make good use of repetition and new lessons will include words and concepts introduced in previous lessons. STEPWISE A good curriculum starts at the very beginning (as you have mentioned) and progresses one step at a time, without skipping anything. Bad curricula are all over the board, leaving the teacher struggling to fill in the gaps or rearrange the sequence. WRITING Montessori discovered a long time ago that kids love to write words, even before they can read them. She also discovered that writing helps kids learn to read. It is not necessary for a young child to have perfect handwriting. The purpose of the writing is to include the sense of touch along with hearing and seeing the words. MY BOOK RECOMMENDATION "AN ANT - LEARN TO READ" Ok, that's most of what I wanted to say about how to teach reading. Now here's my enthusiastic recommendation for the best beginning reading book. Pick up a copy of "An Ant - Learn to Read," by Kallie Woods. "An Ant - Learn to Read" starts at the very beginning with only 6 letter sounds, then progresses in a stepwise fashion, systematically adding new letters and new words with lots of repetition. This is actually a STORYBOOK with cute characters and bright colors, so it will hold your child's attention while she learns to read 97 stories with easy one-syllable words. All of the words in Book 1 contain short vowels, there is not a long vowel in the entire book! Book 2 in the series has both long and short vowels. Free Alphabet Flash Cards: Flash cards with pictures (th=thumb, f=fish) are included at the back of the book; you just cut them out. Should one of the cards become lost or damaged you can download the entire set free from the publisher's web site: www.BrodenBooks.com. Writing practice pages are included every ten stories or so. If you don't want to write in your book, these pages can also be downloaded free. The writing practice pages have the new words your child is learning in light gray print that she can trace with a pencil. Teacher's notes are included at the bottom of every page to keep you on track. There is virtually no prep time required for these lessons, just open the book and start reading together.
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