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We then went on a picture walk of one of his favorite books, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. We have read this story a bijillion times, so he's very familiar with the plot. When we took our picture walk, I pointed out how the pictures tell the same story that the words do. I though myself rather smart and persuasive, but he still insisted that since the page has words, we need to read the words, not the pictures :-(
Determined, I took my son to the library this morning in search of stories told in pictures and found two spectacular ones: Free Fall, by David Wiesner, and Journey, by Aaron Becker. These books will be part of my Reading Challenges so I will save my thoughts on the books for that blog post.
What I want to share as today's slice is my son's reaction to Free Fall. After convincing him that there were no words in the book, he reluctantly agreed to "read" the pictures with me. Finding a comfy seat to share in the YA section, we slowly meandered through the pages, stopping to talk about each stunningly detailed picture. I asked him what he saw, what caught is eye, and what he thought was happening. With each turn of a page, he became more animated and more engaged in "reading" this story!
Before I tell you his interpretation, I will share the gist of this story as that of a young boy who falls asleep and embarks on an adventurous dream. Upon finishing our journey, I asked my son why he thought the book was called Free Fall, for which he triumphantly answered, "because he fell into his imagination!"
As his mom, I know I'm supposed to marvel at everything he says and does (except those things that are not quite marvelous, like emptying his sand-filled shoes on our freshly vacuumed carpet :-)), but I thought his interpretation was rather endearing! It's one of those moments, those slices of life, that I never want to forget :-)