Saturday, 27 July 2013

Keen reader age 7 seeks books...

My daughter is reading Terry Prachett's The Colour of Magic.  She is seven years old, and although we went to the mobile library that comes to our village and picked up two new books only yesterday, she has nothing to read - having read them both already.  So we look to our book shelves for something suitable for a seven year old - and something interesting to one as well.

Daddy hands her The Colour of Magic and she settles down to give it a try.  "Mummy what does 'Astrozoologist' mean?"  Understandably this isn't a word she has encountered before.  18 pages later and she's struggling a bit.  "It keeps jumping from one thing to another."  And I realise a major difference between the books she is used to and more grown up books is the single focus narrative.  Of course, Disc World books aren't for everyone, and the style of writing can be hard for adults to get their heads round, so it's back to the bookcase again for another try.  This time I've offered a Louisa May Alcott book (Author of Little Women) called an Old Fashioned Girl, which I hope will capture her imagination.  It's a light hearted, social-moral story about children of her age in another time and place but with issues not all that far removed from my childhood - and hopefully not too distant from hers.  I suppose themes of friendship, identity and wealth are constants and she hasn't put it down yet.

What would you give a seven year old girl (reading age 10) to read from your own personal library of books?  She's read most of Enid Blyton, loves Daisy Meadows' Rainbow Fairy books.  I might try CS Lewis next.

1 comment:

  1. Just a follow up because Alcott is a failure - "There's no adventure" says daughter. So she is trying Narnia and loving it so far. Perhaps the gentler family stories are an aquired taste for an older child?