So last night we started something I’ve been looking forward to doing for years. It was Elizabeth’s idea, and it was one of those “Duh” moments for me — what was I waiting for? I think everyone was ready for it.
I started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Drew last night.
Drew ‘s only four and a half, so I’m not sure he was able to get all the details, and at first he’d keep interrupting me as his brain jumped around at the end of the day from various topics.By the end of the chapter, he was listening and not asking random questions. Either he was tired, or he was caught up in the spell of “the boy who lived.”
Drew thought it was pretty cool to be only reading one book — we usually read him three books before bed, but they’ve been picture books. I think he was ready to move up to a chapter book. He was also pumped up about the “surprise” at the start of each chapter — a new illustration! Good thing I started skimming out loud so we could get to the end of the first chapter before it got too late.
And I have to admit, the book starts out SLOW. You don’t meet Harry until the end of the chapter, and you spend WAY too much time with Mr. Dursley. And there’s a good bit of repetition and fluff in that chapter. Which is why I started just reading the dialog toward the end. But it was fun, and Drew enjoyed it. I had the most fun doing Hagrid’s voice.
I was a bit worried about all the talk about Harry’s parents dying in the battle against Voldemort. I’m curious to see if he asks to read chapter two tonight. I hope he does. I’ll be sure to do some more “condensing,” as needed…