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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Reading (01/25/07)

TITLE: Reading In The Dark.
By Shannon Brendlinger


word count: 450

Reading In The Dark.

The importance of reading does not have to be stressed in my house everyday. My children are lucky to be born to parent’s who love reading and writing. My husband who goes through five books a week in all kinds of genre’s.Then they have me, who is reading four non-fiction books at a time, plus the bible and my devotionals. I think they know what the power of reading holds. They know when we have our family meetings that I will most likely have a new idea from a book to try out.

Their bookshelve's and the floor, and their bed's, are packed with books from- astronaut’s to zebra’s. Every night the one who went to bed the best the night before is able to pick what is read. My three-year-old thinks she can read because she memorized the book. “No, mommy, I will read it,” she tells me at nap time.
“But you can’t read yet,” I tell her.
“Yes I can; watch!” She will open the book and start telling the story from memory. When she forgets a part, she will point to any word and ask, “what’s that word again?”

My six-year-old will bring new books home from school and she will read it to me, then ask me to read it to her and go back and forth until I say, “Ok, that is enough for now.” My thirteen-year-old daughter has taken up to the likeness of her mother and looks for books on any topic she wants to learn more about. Just today she had seen a book I just bought on our, combined desk, titled “The Idiots Guide to Grammar & Punctuation” she says to me, “so now I am a idiot!”
“ No! I bought it for me!”
“ Shoot! I am going to read it too,” she then tells me.
“That is fine but it does not mean you are a idiot, it is just a series of self-help books,” I tell her, thinking to myself that I am a idiot when it comes to Grammar.(I am getting better)

The part I love about my kids love for reading, is when the two younger girls, look at books even in the dark. Not pitch dark; night-light dark. They will have a few in their bed’s and look through them until they decide they are tired enough to go to sleep. My youngest actually sleeps with her book's, like a beloved teddy bear! There is more books in and around her bed then there is stuffed toy’s and doll’s! No, the importance of reading does not need to be stressed in my home, it is already known, even in the dark.

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Donna Powers 02/01/07
I used to do this when I was a child, and got yelled at because mom said I'd ruin my eyes. This was a nice story that warmly shared of your family's love for reading.
Julie Arduini02/02/07
Sounds like my house too. A little editing work needed but a nice story all the same.
Allison Egley 02/02/07
This was really cute. Remember that apostrophes are only needed to show possession, and are not needed for plural forms of words. I love how you really captured each of your children's personalities.
Jan Ackerson 02/03/07
How fortunate your children are to grow up in a reading family!

FYI--It's not necessary to start with your word count; the judges take care of that. Just start with your charming story, and draw your readers in with a great hook.

I could hear the dialog as I read; you wrote it with great authenticity.