Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Harry Potter strikes again

I sit in stunned disbelief. No, the kids aren't playing Texas Hold 'Em again. No, it's not thrilling news (LOL) about our electricity usage.

Son2 is reading the first Harry Potter book.

Or at least, it sure looks like he's reading it. His eyes and head are moving side to side, he occasionally turns the page, and I cannot believe it.

Over the last couple of weeks I reread HP 4, 5, and 6; Son1 reread HP6; and we watched the first three HP movies again.

Today we returned a boatload of books to the library, mostly mine, and picked up a few for each of us. Fast Food Nation for me, 'cause it's the one book for my nonfiction book club that I didn't actually read last year. The Shiloh books for Son1. And Son2 (age 6 1/2) was adamant that he wanted to borrow the first Harry Potter book in paperback. Son1 urged him to get the hardback version, 'cause the typeface was larger, so he got both. I figured, what could it hurt?

Son2 just told Son1, "Just a minute, I have to finish this" (paragraph, page, who knows), and Son1 said, "Huh?!?" and looked at me. I grinned. He grinned, and waited patiently for Son2 to get to a pausing point. Now they're playing with Bionicles.

For some context, so far Son2 has been about 9 months ahead of Son1's timing in his reading interest and progress. Apparently Son2 just leapfrogged past Son1's first-grade spring of reading easy chapter books, and caught up with Son1's post-first-grade summer of reading the first Harry Potter. OH. MY. This year ahead ought to be pretty interesting!


Jana said...

My boys haven't read HP yet, but I think they'd love them. My oldest just turned ten and also adores Bionicles.

katie said...

Ah, the power of Harry!