I love to read. I'm not very fast, and I only read for pleasure during the summer when I'm not working. But I love it.
Kinley, however, has been a reluctant reader. In fact, until she became engrossed in the Harry Potter series earlier this year, she would often say that she didn't like to read at all. She would start a book and never finish it. She would check out library books that were far above her level, setting herself up for failure.
But her obsession with J. K. Rowling's fantasy world gave me hope and started what I hope will be a lifelong love of reading for Kinley.
I was so proud of her when we went on a couple of Harry Potter tours in England. Kinley proved how much she remembered about the books by answering many of the tour guide's questions about plot specifics, even winning a prize for her knowledge.
Kinley and I pose in front of Lacock Abbey where scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone were filmed.
Kinley claims her prize of candy floo powder for correctly answering questions.
Kinley and her cousin at Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station.
Kinley asks the tour guide a question on our Harry Potter walking tour of London.
And then, when we got home to the U.S., something else happened that made me want to squeal with delight.
Kinley was helping me chop vegetables in the kitchen on one of the last days of summer vacation. She had been reading The Titan's Curse, one of the books in the Percy Jackson series, and she said, "You know, Mom, I think Percy Jackson is just like Harry Potter. Grover is Ron, Annabeth is Hermione, and Kronos is Voldemort. The author totally copied J. K. Rowling. And I think the ending is gonna be really short since I'm already halfway through the book and they don't even know where they're going or what they're looking for!"
Wow. It is every teacher's dream to find out that the skills they've tried instill in their students have really taken root, have grown into something bigger, something that will be plucked and used by the student later in the garden of life. And there I was, standing in my kitchen, chopping literal fruits while my daughter harvested metaphorical ones. Wow.
My reluctant reader had initiated a conversation comparing the works of two different authors, was beginning to recognize pattern in works of the same genre, and was making predictions and passing judgments on the author's pacing of the plot!
Thank you, J. K. Rowling. I owe you one.