I know I recently talked about catching Matilda on HBO. Well, last week, they showed Harriet the Spy several times. I have always loved the book. Marguerite enjoyed the movie (Michelle Trachtenberg is so cute there. Forget Gossip Girl and all her recent work, I'll always think of her as Harriet.) and I showed our copy of the book. She has professed interest in reading it even though it's not a picture book. The reading thing, sigh... if it happens early, then it happens early. She has plenty of exposure even if there's no formal teaching. She might surprise me as she has many times over. As far as I'm concerned, there are to be no "formal" reading lessons until she's developmentally ready. How do I know when she reaches that point? She'll let me know. :)
Going back to the HBO lineup... I hope they show more of this sort of movies (film adaptations of children's books), not for Marguerite's sake, but mine, lol. I love 'em. You know what I would like to see? The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Chip caught it on TV back when she was a kid, but I have yet to see it.
Speaking of reading, Mom and Chip went with us to Marguerite's dance class, the location of which is right next to a secondhand bookshop. They spent almost the entire hour there and came out with a bulging shopping bag. I personally got two DIY/craft books, a children's book (Sprout's Window Cleaner), and a back issue (March/April 2010) of Capper's Magazine (which naturally, if you know anything about me, hehe, I love - it's a magazine for small town and rural dwellers; it has articles on farming, gardening, nutrition, etc.). I had to get out of there as a measure of self-control. Otherwise, I would have bought so much more. Btw, I found this ad on the Reader to Reader section:
I would like to locate an Army soldier I met in 1944 at a USO event in New York City, at the Waldorf or Roosevelt, when I was in the Navy. I don't recall his name but he has my 1940 high school class ring, and I would like to have it back.
:D I would really love to know the story behind that...