I felt for her but felt confident that her love of books would bring her along. I had brought Arnold Adoff's "Hard To Be Sixth" because his son was impatient and in a hurry, and wanted to grow up quick like many young children. Just like my own daughter.
I also loved that the Grandmother in his story is the one that helps bridge her grandson's impatience. Erin's Grandmother lived in Ireland, she loved her dearly. When she went to study abroad many years later she chose Ireland, because she wanted to be near her. She wanted to be able to jump on the bus if she needed it to grab a cup of tea, a biscuit, and some of her grandmother's love.
Something equally important in literature is authenticity. Far too many books are written by others. Arnold Adoff was White and Jewish, and his loving wife was African America Viginia Hamilton one of my favorite children's authors. This family is beautiful, and books should reflect the reality of the world children live in. Families come in all shades, faiths, sizes, and the bond that holds them together is love. Like that love, authenticity holds this book together so very well.
Many years later, she was leaving for college, and she was worried, and she said Dad would you read Hard To Be Six".
That book binds father and daughter. She is 30 years old living in NY and prospering. Last Saturday I read another favorite of our daughter's Koala Lou for the Ana Grace Project.
Guess which book this Saturday's Mystery Reader is reading tonight, and whose 30-year-old daughter will be watching?
Dr. Jesse P. Turner
CCSU Literacy Center Director
And sometimes Mystery Reader
One last thing, today the university gave me 15 minutes to grab what I needed from our Central Connecticut State University Literacy Center. Guess what I gabbed? Tonight's Mystery Reader is Pirate Captain Read A Lot
If you are wondering what tune inspired my morning walk today it's "Hoist the Colours" song from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.