Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Little Extra Reading Magic

Slice of Life is sponsored on Tuesdays by Two Writing Teachers.  I'm linking up for the first time!

Reading adds a little extra magic to Walt Disney World, a.k.a. The Most Magical Place on Earth.
Big B & Little C with Belle, a fellow book-lover
This summer, before leaving for our first trip to Walt Disney World, I purchased the Disney Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters to use as an alternative to the traditional autograph book. (Thank you, Pinterest for the link to this idea!)  Big B enjoys the "encyclopedia format" of nonfiction, and I figured it would be less likely to just sit on a shelf.  Win, win.  

I packed coloring supplies and bubbles and downloaded apps like Heads Up to entertain us in line, but we rarely pulled these items out.  Lines=Reading Emergency.  Every time we had a few minutes in a character line, we whipped out the book and read about different characters.  We read the Maleficent page at least 28 times...I became very fluent.  Haha! Suprisingly enough, Little C liked to read about the villians, but absolutely refused to actually meet a single one,

In the line to meet Anna and Elsa, I looked up to see Little C listening and six little princesses reading along with us.  They had gradually scooted over and created a little reading circle, sitting and smiling together.  Perhaps it is because I miss my classroom reading community, but it was a magical moment for me.  No matter what, no matter where, kids love being read to.

My heart exploded each time I watched Big B and Little C meet a character.  (Mentally, I picture it growing three sizes like the Grinch and bursting out of my chest.)  Their smiles were filled with pure joy, and Little C was especially fascinated with meeting her favorite characters in real life. Little C would often show and talk to them about their picture in the book.  Donald Duck was excited to see he had a page to all by himself and declared that he was #1.  Little C informed Elsa she wanted ice powers so she could make a dress like she was wearing in the illustration.  Reading will forever be a part of those magical moments...which only further proves that, to quote Walt Disney, "there's more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island."





Annie

9 comments:

  1. Welcome to our writing community, Annie! I'm glad you're joining us.

    I have fond memories of going to Disney World as a kid. Some of my favorite moments were meeting those characters. Now I enjoy watching my daughter get that same thrill.

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  2. Welcome to our community! I'm so glad you're joining us!

    This is a FANTASTIC idea which I'm totally stealing from you. I am the mom of two book-loving girls, ages 2 and 5. This is super smart. I love how you appreciated your tiny circle of readers. Always a teacher at heart. :)

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  3. This post made my *heart flutter* for sure! I loved the idea of taking the book along to sign! I always have a book with me where ever I go in case I need to wait anywhere!
    Welcome to SOL!

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  4. Welcome to the Slicing community! Lots of terrific people. I love the idea of taking using the Disney book for autographs! And I love that your daughter had a reading party with her new friends, right there at Disneyworld! Such terrific memories!

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  5. Welcome to slicing, Annie. I love your story, the idea of the book, & those pictures are precious. I have 2 granddaughters, 5 1/2 & 3 1/2, both receiving Anna & Elsa dresses for Christmas. They would have been in your little reading circle too. Great slice!

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  6. Yay! I'm so glad you shared this, and the story about the circle of princesses who wanted to hear what you are reading. What a great trip and experience for your family! I'm so happy you joined this community, Friend! It's amazingly supportive and awesome! Get some Too-Cold-But-To-Stay-Home-And-Read Time in today!

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  7. Oh, I loved this journey you took me on! (And I'm totally stealing this idea when we visit Disney for the first time this next year!!!) *Pinning this page right now!

    Michelle

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  8. What a great idea! I'm sure reading about the Disney characters made waiting in line to meet them that much easier. Thanks for sharing!

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