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2007 February 18 » Philoxenos

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Soporific effect of children’s books

18th February 2007

Soporific effect of children’s books

Before I begin, I first learned the meaning of soporific while reading a Beatrix Potter book. Go look it up. I did.

Getting on with the subject… we read aloud a lot around here. Probably close to an hour a day in total. We have certain rituals surrounding naptime and bedtime, which includes reading two books. My oldest daughter has been known to tell me that she’s ready for a nap at 11 am just so she can get some books read to her.

Just a few minutes ago, after we finished an early lunch after church, my oldest daughter announced that she was ready for her two books because she was tired. Considering that her dad and I were quite keen for a bit of quiet time, we were happy to oblige. It was my husband’s turn to do the reading.

I was sitting at my computer, listening with one ear as he read her two chosen books - one on Marie Curie and another called Corduroy. While he read about Marie Curie, I heard the volume getting softer and softer and some of the words were getting a bit slurred. I turned to look at him and sure enough, he was falling asleep while reading! This is not the first time this has happened. one time he actually started snoring!

He blames it entirely on the books. After all, they are bedtime stories. I just didn’t think they worked on the 30+ age bracket!

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