The Official Writing Challenge
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Hehe From the title, I thought this was going to be about my favorite time in school... DEAR [Drop Everything And Read] time. As an Elementary education major, I had to cringe at the mother's initial response. lol Great read over all.
We were fortunate to have children who enjoyed reading, but then their father read to them every single night, with all 5 lying around him on the one bed. Story time was fun time with dad - mum didn't have the patience!

Thanks for a great story and insight to what it's like for kids who struggle with this wonderful pasttime.
Oh dear, I wish the mother had been gentler at the beginning--I'm glad that you transformed her through the workshop. Very educational article, and this was a good way to present this material (in a story form, rather than as an instructional essay).

FYI--it's Pippi, not Pippy.

My heart goes out to those who struggle with reading--I wish there were more who would take advantage of workshops like this.