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Topic: Reading (01/25/07)
TITLE: Learning to Read
By Esther Gellert
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I remember learning to read. It was my first year at school. I must have been about five years old and I thought I had the whole system figured out. If it’s a picture of a yellow banana, you say “Yellow banana” and everybody says “Well done.”.
My theory became unstuck however when my Dad realised what I was doing and began to cover up the pictures. How unfair was that? I mean, how was I meant to read it then?
Then came holidays, and a visit from my aunt and her two children, my cousins. Her youngest, Simon, is six months younger than me. I endeavoured to show him how clever I was, but calamity struck when he picked up a book and began reading to me. He didn’t even look at the pictures, just the words. How dare he! He was practically a baby still, at least in my eyes, and here he was, trying to shame me in my own home, by showing off how clever he was.
Well, suddenly, I had found my inspiration to really read. I learned quickly after that, and by Grade Two I was reading C.S. Lewis’ ‘Narnia’ books on my own. Mind you, my Grade Two teacher didn’t seem to think much of me because I didn’t want to read the books she gave me. But why would I? Who cares if “Jack and Jill see a cat” when I could be immersing myself in the wonders of Narnia?
As for my show-off cousin, well, he’s still cleverer than I am. I guess he always will be. I’ve given up trying to beat him and now I just thank God for the gift of literacy and the world it has opened up for me.
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