Books Nine and Ten
I love reading to my children it is beyond doubt one of the best things I have found about being a parent. I have read to both children from when they were babies and it was peek a boo books, to the toddler books of Gruffalo and Duck in the Truck (a personal favourite). To with my daughter finding a love of Enid Blyton again as we read the Malory Tower books and the Famous Five. Re – reading Harry Potter with my daughter then watching the relevant film after we had read the book. With my son reading endless football books. ( I admit not my personal genre but I learnt a lot). My daughter read the funny but socially accurate David Walliams books herself but I have had lots of fun reading them with my son. In short I have so enjoyed reading with my two kids and sharing with them a joy of wondering what is going to happen next, laughing with them and letting them laugh as I often cry at the end of a book (a constant habit of mine). They have both grown into great readers in their own right and I take pride in that as for me there is no greater joy than being able to immerse yourself in a book.
My daughter in particular shares my love of history which I discovered when we found the wonderful Annabel Claridge books about Bo the dog who goes back in time. It sparked both our imaginations and has never left us while reminding me of parts of history I had forgotten and brought it to life for my daughter. They remain the most read books my daughter has. They are not in the greatest of states but that is a sign of a great book. Well read and much loved.
So when we both spotted “The Red Necklace” by Sally Gardner in our local bookshop Mainstreet Trading it was an instant must buy. It is set around the French Revolution and is about how a gypsy boy becomes involved with Sido a daughter of one of the key French aristocrats. The story spans both France and London. The characters come to life. The two heroes you love but the skill is how much you detest the baddies in the story. We have been reading the book together now since November and finally finished it last night to find that there has to be a sequel as there was so much we still wanted to know. And there is so guess what the next book we are buying is? Yes the Silver Blade the sequel in the story.
I have just finished “A commonplace killing” by Sian Busby. It’s a thriller set in post war London when a women’s body is found in a disused bomb site. Very clever plot as you see what happened to the women all the way through the book via her eyes as well as the eyes of the police officer who investigates. So she’s never truly dead to you till the final chapter. It was yes one of those books on the table by the café at Mainstreet Trading and it wasn’t till I had started the book that I realised that the author was Robert Preston’s wife who sadly wrote the last few chapters of the book when she was dying of cancer in a notebook. It is dedicated “To my darling boys with all my love.” A mother writing for her son’s to give them a legacy of her.
History is a legacy, reading to my children is passing on the reading baton to them. Writing is a legacy passing a bit of you on to another generation so that some of you is brought forward into the future. All reasons that for me reading is one of the most important skills there is.