A funny story happened on the way to Christmas...
I stumbled upon the book It's a Book while preparing a presentation in October.
Enjoy this trailer from MacMillan Publishing Co:
I decided then and there that all my nieces and nephews should have a copy of this book for Christmas. With the Ebook explosion the younger ones especially may not ever really get as deeply involved with paper as they do with electronic media and texts of all kinds.
As a teacher this was an important part of my message that day.
While I would never propose trading out paper books for Ebooks, as teachers, we have to make sure that what we do in the classroom matches how students learn.
What was good enough for us is not necessarily good for them, and we have to be prepared to teach using the media that our students embrace.
Yada, yada, yada...
The book was so popular over the holidays when I was ordering our gifts that I could only order 3 at a time.
My firstborn was a huge help to me with giftwrapping this Christmas, and she offered to wrap the books as they came in.
After opening one of several shipments, she sat quietly and thumbed through the book.
"Mom," she said.
"Did you realize that the donkey in this book is called a jackass?"
"See, Mom, it says it right here."
"Well," I said. "Even in the movie Pinnochio they use the word 'jackass'."
My firstborn kept reading as the "jackass" gets more involved with the monkey's book.
Finally, the monkey can stand it no more when the donkey (talking about the monkey's book) says..."Don't worry, I'll charge it up when I'm done."
My firstborn said, "Um, Mom...you better look at this before you give it to the cousins...all under the age of 10."
My youngest (6) was reading one of the other copies of It's a Book waiting to be wrapped and get me kicked out of my family.
"What's this word, Mommy?"
Instead of giving this book (which is absolutely hilarious btw) to the children, I gave one copy per family to the adults...so they could decide when to introduce this new vocabulary word to their children.
You have no idea!