Wednesday, August 18, 2004

What do you see?

Bill Martin Jr, author of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, one of Helena's favourites, died August 11.

He loved language, as a thing in itself, and had a great ear for its rhythm.

A blessed thing happened to me as a child. I had a teacher who read to me. Of course, she was reading to all other children in the classroom, but I believed she was reading just to me because I was a nonreader.

It's his nonreader mindset that enabled him to tap into a language that children respond to.

Thanks, Bill, for helping me draw Helena into the world of books.

1 comment:

Miriam Jones said...

Sad news. Alex loves Brown Bear and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?. When we were camping earlier this month I was putting him to bed in the tent in the dark and offered to tell a story instead of reading. He asked for a story about a polar bear and patiently listened while I told some story about a travelling polar bear who came south, and then asked for a story about a brown bear. I clued in, and we recited Brown Bear together, snuggled in the sleeping bag.