Friday, May 22, 2015
Reader's Diary #1157- George Orwell: Animal Farm
I decided this time around to read it to my daughter. She's younger than I was, but certainly more mature and smart than I was at her age— ready, in other words, for Animal Farm. She enjoyed it, as did I again, but the experience was a little bittersweet.
As you've probably ascertained from my description of her above, I really don't need to be reading aloud to her anymore. She was more than capable of tackling this one on her own. But it took us forever. She's busy with her stuff right now. And I get that. But that also meant finding time for Animal Farm was hit or miss and when you've gone a while from it, it's a big hard to get back into. As the seven commandments began to be rewritten, some animals were suspicious— wasn't the rule slightly different before? The problem was, we too would often forget what the original rule was!
With that in mind, we agreed that this was probably the last bedtime read aloud. She's outgrown them. It's natural enough, I suppose (though I'm sure there are those out there that never give it up, and that's fine too), but it feels strange to have that part of our life over. We did agree though that since we both love reading and talking about books so much, we would still make an effort to read and discuss some of the same books— which I'm sure will be fine in its own right. But still...
If you're a parent, at what age did you stop the read-alouds? Or have you?