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The Reluctant Reader Loves It
on February 1, 2012
I mail books to a 7 year old who HATES reading and writing like he hates nothing else in this universe. I send monster, zombie, and ninja books in an effort to show him that books can be delightful, not a painful chore. I have sent him half a dozen such books to date, but this is the one that prompted him to get in touch with me.
This went an ocean away, so I did not get to read it myself, but the child who hates, HATES reading and writing was so inspired that he (1) got really excited about the book (2) demanded an immediate reading from the adult in the house, as he had already done his mandatory 20 minutes of reading for the day, and (3) was inspired to write a thank you note that read:
Thank you for the Way of the Ninja book. I really, really like it. Could you please send me more wayoftheninja books?
(his spacing, not mine)
At this price, how could I refuse? I consider it a literary investment. Special thanks to Lego for having great readers and to Amazon for making them affordable to ship to Hawaii.
Update: He's 8 now, and reads without fighting about it. He reads to my 2-year-old niece voluntarily, and the two additional Lego Ninjago readers he got for his birthday were his favorite birthday gifts even though he got a lot of cool toys! I'm going to go ahead and declare victory, but if anyone knows of excellent products for reluctant writers, I'd love to hear them. (So far only Scribblenauts has encouraged a tiny bit of voluntary spelling/writing) He has completely caught up on reading in school (after being several years behind) and has made improvements in writing, but is still a bit behind.