When I was in second grade in 1957, I found the Burgess series of books in our school library, each one titled for an animal. There were probably 20 of them. I read them all through second and third grade almost exclusively. When I got to fourth grade I had Mrs. Goble again. Teachers took their classes to the library and acted as librarians in those days, so she recognized my obsession from second grade. She declared I could read any book from any grade level of the library, but NOT Thornton W. Burgess books.
I lived without Reddy Fox for a year, reading Black Stallion books instead. By fifth grade-- even without Mrs. Goble's eagle eye--I was reading everything I could lay my hands on. But Reddy still came home with me until sixth grade. I stopped only because the new junior high opened.
Now my granddaughter will have a chance to meet my friends. Give your child the opportunity as well.
Kim L., a former children's librarian, school librarian, and preschool teacher.