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.
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