It seems like every year I discover that I’ve accidentally read one of the literature selections aloud before its assigned time. I do try to be careful, but I forget what is assigned and what is free reading and the result is the need to substitute another book. This year, The Hobbit is assigned as literature in Term Two for my Year Six student. I read that book aloud to him when he was four, and by the time he was six or seven he was reading it over and over and over. He’s probably read it twenty times at least.
All of this is to say that I would never, ever try and change his relationship with that book by asking him to narrate it. That relationship of his? It’s of the private kind.
Besides, with a child who is a vigorous reader, I consider my job to expand his reading, not go over ground he’s sure to cover on his own.
With that said, I wanted a replacement that “felt” right–I wanted that sense of timelessness and adventure, that feeling of magic.
This is a hard requirement if you’re also looking for high literary quality! There is a reason why Tolkien still reigns supreme in this genre.
And, yes, E-Age-Eleven has also read the Lord of the Rings trilogy numerous times, so that was out as well.
After discussing my dilemma with a couple trusted friends, I’ve decided on this:
With my other children, I’m saving The Hobbit, of course, but for this child, I think Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will serve nicely.
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