Last evening , we went to a book fair which was held in our locality. My children had got the brochures , which had being distributed at school. As soon as my husband said that we would be able to attend, the children, especially the sons, got so excited about it and were chattering non-stop about what books they should be buying and what latest books they were going to select. Lately I have been observing their mind-set during their spare time, I couldn’t be possibly imagining this , but I feel they are showing less interest in playing with their toys and have gradually shifted their interests in reading books. Which is a good sign indeed! A sign of development I should say, although their reading is focused mainly towards the animated characters that they have been watching on television, for most part of their growing years. As a parent ,who loves reading as well ,seized this opportunity with the intent of encouraging them and showing support towards their latest inclination. What is more important is as they grow older , they would with all possibility changed the genre and would be reading more advanced books.
By the way, there was so much to browse and I didn’t know where to begin .Eventually I ended up buying a few too.The best part of going to the fair was when I got an honest opinion (which I least anticipated) from my second daughter, who is fourteen and a vegetarian by all means. She suggested a latest copy of a vegetarian’s recipe book, She felt I needed to buy that particular book , in order to experiment new variety and give flavour to the vegetable dishes that I have been preparing for her for the past one year. In other words ,she was bored eating the same kind of stuff everyday . What a change of twist! The whole concept of going to the fair was to motivate the youngsters to move forward in their reading skills. Who would have thought that I’ll learn a few lessons as well ! Children! what would we do without them! J