Thursday, September 4, 2008

Interview with a Reader

The most voracious reader I've ever met is my eight year old daughter Hayden. Rarely is she without a book on her person. One evening this past spring, our family was in a minor car accident. We pulled over to the side of the road to await the police to take an accident report. While my sons were excited and anxious and full of questions, Hayden's only comment was, "Could you turn on the interior light? It's getting too dark to read." Hayden is curious about my blog, and we decided to post an interview about a book she recently read, Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. Hayden had many thoughts on the novel throughout her reading, as she had previously seen the Disney movie and Broadway production.
Me: Did you enjoy reading Mary Poppins?
Hayden: Yes.
Me: Why did you decide to read Mary Poppins?
Hayden: Because I really liked the movie.
Me: Which do you prefer?
Hayden: Well, I like them both. The movie is much cheerier. The book, I think, is more interesting.
Me: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Hayden: Mary Poppins
Me: Why?
Hayden: Because she thinks of many things to do and then acts as if they didn't happen.
Me: Do you have a favorite part or chapter?
Hayden: Chapter 10, Full Moon, because during the night they go to the zoo and celebrate Mary Poppins' birthday, and it's all opposite. The animals get out, and the people are locked up, and feeding the people is the big ceremony. The snake sheds off his golden skin and gives it to Mary Poppins. She was the snake's cousin by second marriage. It was funny.
Me: Was it difficult reading?
Hayden: No.
Me: To whom would you recommend this book?
Hayden: I think that eight, nine, and ten year olds, boys or girls, would like it.
Me: Was it how you imagined it would be?
Hayden: I expected it to be different from the movie and it was. Most movies are different from the book.
Me: Thank you.
Hayden: You're welcome.

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