Straub remembers her own son's passion for The Story of Ferdinand, which he demanded she read over and over. There is a page in the story where Ferdinand smells the flowers as his mother watches from a distance. The text reads: "Sometimes his mother, who was a cow, would worry about him. She was afraid he would be lonesome all by himself. ... [But] his mother saw that he was not lonesome, and because she was an understanding mother, even though she was a cow, she let him just sit there and be happy."
"On that page, my son would take his thumb out of his mouth and say, 'Good.' And I realized that was terribly important to him. I was always a rusher, and he enjoyed things at a different pace. I think he was trying to tell me that if I was a good mother, I would trust him to do things at his own speed. Which I learned to do." The point, Straub insists, is that by reading to your child "you are not only teaching him, you are learning about him."
What You Can Do
- Read To Me can use volunteers, children's books and monetary contributions. You can also start your own Read to Me program. Website: www.readtomeprogram.org PH: 877-787-7323