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    Hi, This old man, I really like your emphasis on reading to children.  To answer your question, I don't ever remember my father reading children's stories to me:  he read "The General Theory of Relativity" and "The Special Theory of Relativity" aloud to me so that I could memorize and recite them on request.  When I couldn't sleep he'd read poems from Palgrave's Golden Treasury  or from one of Shakespeare's plays.

    Where he excelled was in telling stories to my sister and me.  They were funny, weird, and completely enchanting.  

    At school in Singapore, our teacher read to us every day during our rest period after lunch.  She used to read from the "William" books, which I liked so much I became addicted to them.  She also read The Silver Chair, one of the Narnia series, which I also really liked.

    This old man, you've brought back long-buried memories with your discussion of the Big Little Books!  I don't remember those, they were probably only available in the USA, but I do remember reading "classic comics" in Singapore.  One was a comic book of The Three Musketeers and another The Tale of Two Cities.

    Thanks again for bringing back such pleasant memories. I'm looking forward to reading to my little granddaughter!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 05:28:07 AM PDT

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