Caroline checked out the book, Because of Mr. Terpupt, from the library. I have been meaning to read this book for ages now so I suggested that I would read it too. As soon as the words were out of my mouth I wished I could put them back in because I could already imagine Caroline’s reply. She finds everything I do right now to be incredibly embarrassing so I thought for sure that co-reading would be a no-go. Surprisingly, she readily agreed.
On the first day, she told me what page she had read to so I could catch up while she was at school. And then she finished the book the next day while I was cooking dinner. So maybe co-reading wasn’t exactly what happened. It turns out that ten years olds have a lot more time to read than their mothers do but I did finish the book the next day.
As a result of this lucky turn of events, I learned some ready interesting things.
1. I don’t want to give away too much of the story but there is a super sad part of the story and some touchy subjects. We were able to talk about these things in the context of the book in a way that we wouldn’t have been able to talk about them without the story as a backdrop.
2. Caroline always reads the last sentence first. She really hates surprises and I guess this is her way to make sure that she has a sense of what is coming. This might explain why she doesn’t like reading mysteries and why she loves to re-read.
3. Caroline likes to alternate between difficult and fluffy reading. There is a sequel to Mr. Terput so in my excitement, I suggested that we read that next book. Caroline was quick to tell me that she wasn’t ready to do that yet. She said she needed to read something light next. Maybe even something she had already read.
If any of you have been lucky enough to have an experience like this, I’d love to hear what you have learned along the way.