What’s The Ten-Year-Old reading this week?

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
The wonderful thing about moving is that unpacking the books slowly gives books that were overlooked at the previous home a second chance at capturing The Ten-Year-Old’s imagination.

I had first purchased Dragon Rider for The Ten-Year-Old when she was a mere Eight-Year-Old, because a) Cornelia Funke and b) dragons.

I assumed she’d adore it. A young silver dragon befriends a lonely boy, and together the two set off to find the mythical world where dragons and boys can live in peace. Along the way they encounter all sorts of curious creatures, and go up against a dastardly villain determined to thwart their peace-having plans. There’s even an orange cat on Firedrake’s back. What could be more perfect?

The Eight-Year-Old started it, but it didn’t capture her fancy, so she shelved it again. Periodically over the past couple of years, I’ve proposed to her that she give it another try, because a) Cornelia Funke and b) dragons. But she’s always had something more interesting (or so she thought) to read.

But thanks to the contrivance of happenstance, Dragon Rider was one of the last ones to get packed before we left Chicago and one of the first to reappear after we arrived in California. So The Ten-Year-Old picked it up again, because a) bored and b) dragons.

Spoiler alert: She can’t get enough of it now. She’s reread it several times over the past three weeks. “I just can’t believe it, Mommyo,” she told me this morning. “But I notice something new about this book every time I read it.”

I can not wait for her to discover Inkheart.

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Remaining Box Count: 

  • Downstairs: 31
  • Upstairs: 90
  • Garage: Tons

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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