My Sons’ Reactions to Creatively Ever After
July 6, 2011 Leave a Comment
Every night for nearly 7 years my husband and I have read bedtime stories to the kids. Now that the kids are older, they are excited to choose their own books. With shelves of books, I was surprised when my boys asked to read my book, Creatively Ever After. Though it is being published in just a few short weeks, I have never read my book aloud to an audience.
At first, I wasn’t sure if a soon-to-be second grader and a soon-to-be kindergartener would understand the “grown-up” concepts of creativity, innovation, and the creative problem solving process. I was a bit nervous as I started reading. My kids tell it like it is..the good, the bad and the ugly!
However after reading the first few pages, nerves gave away to chuckles as I watched my oldest son laughing hysterically. Turns out, he really got a kick out of the main character, Jack. By chapter two, my oldest son started taking on the role of Jack. He said to my little guy, “Life would be so much easier if you collaborated with me.” And, by the time we reached chapter three, neither boy couldn’t resist the urge to start coming up with ideas to help Jack solve his problem. Throughout the first three chapters, my kids couldn’t pull their eyes away from the illustrations. They were intrigued by what Jack and Jill looked like, enjoyed seeing where they lived, and loved meeting Jack and Jill’s friends.
I was pleasantly surprised that kids as young as 5 and 7 were able to pick up on the key themes of the book and follow along. Though the book was written for grown-ups, I’m happy to see it is valuable for kids too. After a few more laughs, dialog, and the kids begging me to read “just one more chapter,” I was elated. Though not professional book reviewers, my kids could have turned out to be my toughest critics.
Hear that? Listen, closely. It’s my sigh of relief!
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