There is really nothing more annoying than when your child, the child who seems to read a dozen books a week (and so could obviously fit one more into her schedule), REFUSES to read a book that you’ve recommended.
After Silence loved the Borrowers series and the Oz books and Narnia and Anne of Green Gables, I suggested she try Emily of New Moon. Which she made no effort to do.
So, I bought her all three Emily books for Christmas.
She put them in her closet.
Now, I should maybe stop to explain that I LOVED the Emily books as a child, I still love them, and every writer I know loves Emily more than Anne. I considered duct-taping the books to Silence’s forehead until she agreed to read them.
I couldn’t find that chapter in the parenting guides.
Finally, FINALLY, she was a little under the weather one day this fall and she downloaded the Emily of New Moon audio book from the Vancouver Public Library.
She loved it.
I was torn between peeing my pants with joy and tearing out my eyelashes one by one.
She’s now on book three.
I may steal the print versions and read them myself.