This summer, Paige was given an optional assignment to complete the reading of 50 books. If she completes the assignment, she'll be recognized for the achievement and will get a reward when school starts. We also talked to her about how it would probably be a good first impression with her new teacher if she did the assignment. It didn't take any convincing though, for her to get started. We got her a clipboard out to help her keep track of her books and paperwork and she's already off to a big start. Just a few days in to summer, she's already completed 28 books.
Paige has been diligent about updating her reading log, and she has been hauling around dozens of books in her backpack wherever she goes.
That's great - all that reading. Books open up so many new vistas for young and old. Carl Sagan had this to say about books;
"What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."
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