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    I like the Magic Tree House books... but... magic.
    They go back in time and travel to places, but once they get there they have a task they need to complete.

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    Loved the OZ series, particularly 'Tic-Tok of Oz' and 'Ozma of Oz' and 'The Phantom Tollbooth.' I thought that I had discovered some great overlooked truth of parenting when my DS enjoyed me reading these dense chapterbooks. LOL! The joke was on me when I figured out how far from normal my DS really was - it wasn't my fabulous parenting afterall...well maybe a teeny bit.

    We also read 'Blue Fairy book' etc, but some of those stories were way too scary.

    Dr. Suess books such as 'The Lorax' and Horton might be a good transition into books with content.

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    Originally Posted by annette
    The problem with reading DS stories with more advanced vocabulary is that we are constantly stopping to explain what it means.

    LOL, I've just given in! I just assume that new books from the library will take about five times as long to read, because of the constant discussion. The second, third, and fourth times through there are still questions and observations -- new, different ones. I know it's getting to be time to return a book when I can get through the whole thing without interruption!

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    Give in is a great idea! Or get the kindle and use their dictionary...

    also ask...what do you think this word might mean?


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    Oh, it's so much more than word definitions! Just as an example, a recent book, Runnery Granary (which I highly recommend!) elicited the following discussions:

    - what a water-wheel is
    - why you grind grain
    - whether goblins and gnomes are the same thing
    - why this artist drew gnomes that look different than other people's ideas of gnomes
    - what gnomes really look like (and why that's a hard question to answer)
    - why the cats look tough and aggressive going into the granary
    - why cats would be afraid of gnomes
    - why one could infer that something bigger than rats was infesting the granary
    - why the people would tiptoe when going into the infested granary at night
    - why the gnomes don't look happy when they are stuck to the gnome-paper
    - why the gnomes went looking for another granary when they finally got unstuck
    - why the gnomes never came back to the first granary

    Like I say, I've just gotten really zen about it -- this is what reading together is!

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    Why why why ...
    Trry this: think then sa either. Custom or nature. Custom is that people like too do things the way they always do. Nature means that there is some kind of good reason in reality that we don't stick forks intoo electrical sockets...I guess it means something like...because of the way thw world actually works.

    Anyway...try those one work answers first then if the child is still interested ask what they think. Then answer using their language and ideas as much as is accurate. As much as they love asking they way more love an audience to listen. I guess I never out grew that.


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