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Charlotte and I are reading "Little House in the Big Woods."  At the very beginning of the book, when Ma is making butter, Charlotte exclaimed "Like you do Mommy!" and she was hooked.  Tonight they made cheese, and when Charlotte looked at me and said "Mommy, can we do that someday?" I loved being able to say "Yes - I know someone who can come and show us how."

Sometimes the side effects of this hobby are just cool.

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golden_meliades
Jul. 21st, 2015 01:55 pm (UTC)
Little House on the Prairie was my first novel, that I read all by myself when I was 6. :) (I read Little House in the Woods after...it wasn't as commonly stocked.)
kls_eloise
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
I read most of Little House in the Big Woods I read mostly by myself - because I wanted the story faster than my mom had time to read it to me. But Little House on the Prairie was the first book that I read front to back all by myself. I want to say that I was four or just barely five (I was reading really early.) I'm still very fond of those, and I'm very glad I found that box in the crawl space!
golden_meliades
Jul. 21st, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC)
I also read very early, but I'm the oldest and my family didn't own any younger-reader's novels until I wanted Little House, so I didn't have a chance to read novels any earlier than . When I actually started *reading*, I don't know...quite a bit earlier than my first novel. :) I used to go to sleep in my crib with a big book over my face. (Of course, at that point, I wasn't actually READING them. I think. Just can't have been.) I'm told I could be heard at bedtime, saying words aloud. Like..."Cow. Cow. Cow. Door. Door..." According to my parents, I was doing vocab, lol...repeating words I'd heard/learned that day. Which is hard to believe but they swear it's true.

I was never read any novels, ever. Mom occasionally read us children's books like But No Elephants and Hop on Pop and so on...but never novels. I don't think she would ever have had the patience. She preferred to just talk to us incessantly :) (Probably why I started speaking so early. Had to get a word in edgewise before I went crazy! I didn't grow up to be overly talkative, so that has to have been more about the type of person mom was than the time *I* am.)
bytchearse
Jul. 21st, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
And just think
Years down the road when she reads or sees "Henry V" and Mommy tells her that yes, she does know someone to come show us how to fire cannons"
kls_eloise
Jul. 21st, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: And just think
Oh - that's all set. She's already been promised that when she's old enough she can help shoot the cannons.

Wait until she's old enough to dress up for Colonial Days at school...
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