I have a 10 year old cousin that loves to read about as much as I did when I was her age. How much is that? A lot! My birthday gift to her the last few years have been books that I loved when I was younger.
I started with The Secret Garden and I didn't hear much about what she thought after she finished. I'm thinking she didn't love it. Last year it was the Little House on the Prairie books and those were a big hit. She did some research on her own and found another book that wasn't included with the original series and had her mom order it from the library. She was also inspired enough by the detailed accounts of life on the frontier that she insisted on making lemonade and biscuits the way Ma Ingalls must have. It was such a thrill to see her as excited about half pint as I was.
This year it's going to be the three books in the Little Women collection. I can't wait to see if she falls in love with feisty Jo and her sisters.
I look forward to her being old enough to appreciate Jane Austen, the Bronte's and oh so many others. I also hope that I'm blessed with a little reader of my own some day soon.