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Friday, May 22, 2015

Reader's Diary #1157- George Orwell: Animal Farm

I was a young teenager the first time I read George Orwell's Animal Farm and I loved it. I've since heard from some who never encountered the book until adulthood and of those, many who felt Orwell was a bit too obvious with his allegory. Rereading it again, I'll admit it's not the most subtle of books, but perfect for a young adult with awakening political awareness.

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?

4 comments:

Loni said...

Awe. I'm going to be so sad when my children don't want me to read to them anymore. Mine are 6 and 4, so I will still be reading to them (hopefully) for a while. It's great that you plan on reading some of the same books as her. I think there are great books out there for younger readers that adults can enjoy too.

Eric P said...

I made it through Alice in Wonderland with them maybe 9 months ago. We stalled on Through the Lookingglass, though I may see if I can convince them to go through it (for my sake). But by age 8 certainly we were nearing the end of reading time.

John Mutford said...

Loni: And vice versa. She just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and loved it.

Eric: We struggled getting through that one as well.

Loni said...

That's awesome! I read a lot of adult books as a kid too. I hope my kids go for the variety that I've always loved.