Friday, April 26, 2013

The Magic Tree House: Live Tour
Brag alert!! G is reading really well now. There is almost nothing she cannot read and her comprehension is amazing. The books she's reading now: Rainbow Magic Fairies, Disney Fairies, Magic Puppy, etc are mostly rated between 2.5 (2nd grade, 5th month) and 4.2 (4th grade, 2nd month) by AR (Accelerated Reader). When she first started on this type of book her comprehension was only so-so. She followed the story line but wasn't able to answer more detailed questions about the how's and why's of the character's actions. Now?? No problem. Again, I am amazed. Its hard to believe that she's reading so well and she's not even in kindergarten yet. Its just something that's come naturally to her and, of course, we do lots and lots and lots of reading for practice. The biggest problem is finding books that are the right level for her that also match her interests. Being a girlie girl she tends to like princesses, unicorns, fairies and things like that. Honestly, I often find them tiresome so I was happy to find the Magic Tree House series of books.

I was told by a teacher friend of ours that we should read them in order. She was right! And, I'm happy to say that although the books are not girlie at all she still really likes them. She's become very interested in the main characters, a brother and sister named Jack and Annie. She's read 7 of them already, they usually take her about 3 days each. There are 47 or 48 books total so it would certainly take her awhile to read them all.

When I found out that they were going to be making a live appearance at a book store in Pasadena, I knew we HAD to go. I planned a day off from work and to have G miss a day of preschool :-)

Finally, the day arrived!! G was super excited. We got there a bit early and purchased the most recent release. There were quite a few school groups there, mostly 2nd and 3rd graders I'm guessing. G initially sat in the back with me and my mom but after awhile decided she wanted to go sit on the floor with the other kids. Its hard to believe she's the same little girl who was so timid and shy just a few years ago.
The Jack and Annie duo sang a couple songs and led the kids in a fist pumping cheer of "READ, READ, READ!!!" Then they all recited the Reading Ambassodor Secret Oath to read 5 books in the next 30 days, learn 5 new facts, and to help teach someone to read.
G was absolutely giddy when she got to meet the characters. I think she truly believed herself to be in the presence of celebrities. Adorable!
 Our friend Cora wasn't able to make it on a weekday so we picked up a copy of the new book for her.

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