Monday, September 17, 2007

To read or not to read

Younger Son has been teased by his friend who says book-readers are gay. YS has responded by digging out some of his favourite books to try to persuade friend to read them. But he isn't optimistic; he shrugs as he says, 'He has no imagination.'

Thank you again, Mr Dahl, Ms Rowling et al. And thanks to the local library that fed my own habit as child.

Postscript - but of no relevance to the topic. When I read over what I'd written I saw that I'd put 'fed up' when I meant to say 'fed my'. Isn't it peculiar how the brain works? Mine at least.


Dr. James P. Holdren said...

Yes, getting boys to read has always been an uphill battle. those who want are vilified and the majority don't want.

Oh how long it takes to be strong enough to not give a toss about the opinion of others in these sorts of things.

jmb said...

Isn't that sad? Also rather a statement of the education system that somehow fails in making children want to read.

4kidsandadog said...

Its good that your son enjoys books.

DD has always loved books. DS1 is dyslexic, when I took him out of school 2 1/2 years ago he could'nt look at a book without hyper-ventillating and vomiting :0(

He now often spotted sititng somewhere reading :0)

Dr. Stu said...

Slight misunderstanding there.
Book readers are not necessarily gay, but they are clever buggers ;-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What, all of them?!! Well done YS for trying to change his mind, though.

Sabine said...

Sadly, although I'm a total bookworm myself, nothing of that addiction has wiped off on my son. And I have tried from a very early age! He's just never been interested.

I don't think it had anything to do with reading being frowned upon by others. To the contrary, I can't help thinking that I shouldn't have tried so hard to get him interested!!

P.S. Liz, I tagged you for a blog award! ;)

Liz said...

I wonder why that is, James? My three all had the same grouding and loved stories but while Daughter and Younger Son are voracious readers, Elder Son has only come to it lately.

It is sad, jmb. I can't imagine not wanting to read. And it's interesting seeing 4kids' comment about her son's attitude in and out of school.

Dr Stu, and you are one.

Welshcakes, I am very proud of him too.

Sabine, I think it is a boy thing to a certain extent. Girls certainly seem keener to read on the whole. And thank you for the award!

Dr Stu said...

" are one"

And here's why, Liz :-

So keep fluent in Welsh ;-)


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