Reading Matilda to My Daughters
March 15th, 2013
One of my favorite memories from this pregnancy will be of listening to Josh read out loud to both his daughters. When I was pregnant with Miss Mouse, we started reading to her. We picked “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” by C. S. Lewis and read the whole thing to her out loud. After she was born, we continued the habit — taking turns reading while she had her bedtime bottle.
When I was pregnant with Buggie, it was an abridged version of “The Three Muskateers” (which I confess I found deeply boring).
We decided to expose Baby3 to some in-utero Roald Dahl and picked “Matilda.” The plan had been to read together after the kids were in bed, but Miss Mouse noticed the new book and asked to be included.
Much to my surprise, she loved it.
(I know that’s not Matilda in Josh’s hands. Keep reading, oh impatient ones.)
I had thought the book would be too far above her head and that she wouldn’t have the concentration or patience to stay with it. We haven’t read many “big kid” books to her (i.e. things with chapters) for that very reason, but Matilda caught her attention and held it. Which is pretty impressive considering that the vocabulary includes things like “cankerous carbuncle.”
She obviously didn’t follow all the words, but the gist of the story isn’t complicated. Super smart preschooler. Nice teacher. Mean teacher. Magic tricks. Happy ending. What’s not to love?
So, night after night, we’d nestle onto the couch after tucking Buggie into bed. Josh read while his ladies listened. It was wonderful.
We tried to move on to “The Wind in the Willows” next, but for some reason Miss Mouse wasn’t a fan. So tonight we started “Charlotte’s Web” and Chapter 1 was a big hit.