But while I was putting away groceries, she found the book, grabbed it up, and sat down on her little step-stool in the kitchen, and proceeded to read the entire thing, all by herself. I have no idea how she figured out the word "Biscuit." You never saw a happier child in all your life, and she gained confidence and speed from page to page, reading about Biscuit the dog going to school.
I love that she does the inflections and everything--and then lectures me on the use of punctuation, which she learned on "The Electric Company" DVDs.
When she clapped it shut with a loud, "THE END!" her face was beaming, and she declared, "I read that WHOLE book ALL BY MYSELF!"
You sure did, kiddo. More on the way, I promise. And on that note, Bella would like to announce that she has her very own goodreads.com account (it says she is 12 years old, because that's the youngest age you can put in the profile), where she is gradually going through her repertoire of books and grading what she likes and doesn't (so far everything she has is either a 4 or 5-star rating, except for "Goodnight, Moon," which she has never liked), and putting things on her "to read" list that she would like to have (attention grandmothers, aunts, cousins, uncles, nephews--you will never have to think, "I wonder if Isabella has that book yet?" because if it's on her "to read" list, then she does NOT have it). Here's the link to her profile.
And since she's driving me buggy reading my email over my shoulder, she now has her VERY OWN email address, at which she would LOVE to receive short, simple messages that she can read ALL BY HERSELF. It is BellaBoo2002@gmail.com. And before you laugh, you need to realize how many names we had to burn through to get THAT one.
And if anyone would like to join ME on GoodReads, I'd just love it. I love geeking out over books, and comments on reviews, and getting recommendations from others of you. My profile is also linked in the lower right sidebar, and MY email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to Sheryl of PaperNapkin for bringing me into the goodreads fold!
Reading is FUNdamental!!