We have a 3-year old in our house who knows his way around an iPad better than most of us who are 65+ in age. However, we’ve been challenged to get him interested in even the most simple of age-appropriate books.
Solomon will usually stick with a book — even those he brings to you to read with him — for maybe a page or three. Then he’s off to something — anything — else.
Last week, we received the first book from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which sends a free, age-appropriate book monthly to those who sign up.
It was The Little Engine That Could.
The book has great illustrations, and also includes some helpful tips on reading it to your child. There’s also a welcome page from Dolly.
My wife, Paula, broke it out as we were all settling down for the night. She put some real expression into it as she read the text to Solomon.
To my surprise, Solomon listened closely and stayed with it for the entire story. He neither tried to find something else to do nor have her hurry through the pages as his usual mode.
Here’s Paula’s take on the experience.
“When the first book came in the mail, I think we were more excited than Solomon,” she said. “But Solomon loved The Little Engine That Could. We will definitely read it again and look forward to the next one that comes.”
Paula learned about the Imagination Library from a news article, and then found the website to register. Not every geographic area qualified, but ours did (after a couple of registration attempts).
I don’t know if all of Dolly’s Imagination Library books will hold his attention like the Little Engine That Could, but so far the program is a huge hit with Solomon — and his grandparents.
Thank you, The Little Engine That Could. It could, and it did keep the interest of our restless grandson.
And thank you, Dolly for this creative reading program. You will make a reader out of Solomon yet.
And millions of aspiring young readers like him across the world.