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The value of early reading

Updated on November 6, 2012
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Good Books Help The Brain Grow

Everyone on hubpages, must love reading, or surely they would not enjoy writing.

l know l´ve said it before, but it´s never too soon to read stories to your babies, and give them books as soon as they can hold the little felt-cloth type of book , filled with brightly coloured pictures.

When l took my first music lesson at the age of 7 (Piano) My teacher, (who terrified me at first, because l´d never seen anyone so old with so much rouge on their cheeks and bright red lipstick)

Well, this teacher, told me on day one that she had no time for ´´so-called piano teachers´´ who allowed their pupils to learn to play, firstly with just 2 fingers, (Eh?), or by playing a simple modern tune, that would just sound good straight away.

NO! You learn to read music, learn the scales, till you can do them with your eyes closed, and then you begin with classical music. Her reasoning was that by learning to read music properly, and playing easier pieces of Chopin, Beethoven and other classical musicians, you could if you wanted to, when you reached your teens, play whatever hits were in the top 20. You´d be more than capable. Not so, the other way around. Learning a few modern tunes, often without even learning to read music, would never enable you to play the beautiful classics.

In other words,... her way ..... you´d get the best of both worlds.

It seemed logical to me even at 7 years of age. Besides, my dad and mum loved Chopin., and l was expecting classical music to be my first steps in learning to play the piano..

The same concept, can be translated to reading . !! Give a child a classic book to read and he/she can still read a comic when they feel like. Give a child a comic first, and the chances are he/she may never pick up a book,.

For young girls, ¨Little Women¨¨: by Louisa M. Alcott is still a popular classic even though it is many years since it was my favourite book. Most little girls adore their daddies, and when daddy goes off to fight in a war then mum and the girls have a very different life to lead and they have to be brave.,

This is the basis for the wonderful ¨Little Women ¨story.

For older girls Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a brilliant story. Although l, personally found the early part of the book a little boring (It would never have occurred to me to stop reading a book before the end). It soon became fascinating when l realised there was a hint running through the entire book about something or someone alive in the attic.!!

We don´t find out until almost the end , the truth of the attic, and once we do excitement and mayhem follow right to the end.

Jane Austin books as well as all the Bronte sisters wrote wonderful classic books. My favourites have always been the ones with a good sense of humour in them such as Pride and Prejudice and ´Sense and Sensibility.¨. Without the humour l would find these books rather twee( i-e- Affectedly dainty...)

When l was old enough to enjoy Shakespeare, l was hooked. Some people will never enjoy Shakespeare. That seems to be a fact of life.. but my dad loved Shakespeare and could explain it in simple terms to me. He often took us to Stratford upon Avon a beautiful , tiny town where Shakespeare had lived before he went to London to try to make his fortune.

Stratford upon Avon has THE best Shakespeare without a doubt. Even though Londons´ Shakespeare Theatre is stunning, nothing compares to Stratford. Even if you cannot go to the theatre to see a Shakespeare play, the little town has so many Tudor looking houses and shops,, plus some cobblestone streets, and a visit to Anne Hathaway's ´cottage (Shakespeares´wife) is a wonderful day out for all the family.

The river Avon runs close by the Shakespeare Theatre, a very pretty area, . You will always see swans on that part of the river Avon.

Rooting our children in the classics whether it is music or literature, is a solid start in life from which they can always find some pleasure.

l am constantly amazed at how many Rock stars are either classically trained, or have been to University acquiring degrees in serious subjects.

It doesn't stop them following their dream of the rock world if that´s where they want to be.

l´d be lost without the loud sounds of Bon Jovi or Aerosmith or Queen, but classical music is still in me to enjoy when l want it,.

Equally l absolutely love the lighthearted hilarity of books by P..Wodehouse, but it doesn't stop me from reading huge biographies about Mary, Queen of Scots, or The Last Tsars of Russia,...

Classical training in literature and music are a blessing that l´ll always be grateful to my parents for.

Below is my favourite Shakespeare Sonnet.

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought,

l summon up remembrance of things past,

l sigh the lack of many a thing l sought,

and with old woes new wail my dear time´s waste.

Then can l dry an eye unused to flow

for precious friends hid in death´s dateless night.

and weep afresh love´s long since cancelled woe,

and moan the expense of many a vanished sight.

Then can l grieve at grievances forgone,

and heavily from woe to woe tell oér.

the sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,

which l now pay as if not paid before.

But if the while l think on thee , dear friend,

all losses are restored and sorrow´s end.


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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Hello pstaubie48,

    Thank you so much for leaving an interesting comment. I must agree with you that balance is the most important thing.

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    Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

    the point about reading the classics is well taken. it is important for kids to read and have read to them 'good literature'. However comic books are ok tool I loved Archie and Veronica and Betty and bought the new comic book each time it came out. But I read lots and lots and lots of other books and my fam read to me as well. I kind of think it is about balance... a little of this a little of that. I encouraged my students in middle school to read...........just to they knew what a book, a magazine, a newspaper was...back in the mid eighties we were already seeing a decline in reading for pleasure by our young people.

    We must have had music teachers who went to the same school of music; mine whacked our knuckles if we hit a wrong key!!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

    Oooooh! Little women.. I never tired of it.

    Thank you for such a lovely comment. It all sounds so familiar. I don´t remember a time when I didn´t get books for presents along with dolls.

    Happy reading to you.

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    Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

    Great hub with good advice for parents. I was blessed with a mother who read to me often while I was a toddler and I seemed to learn reading through "osmosis" as I never remember a time when I couldn't read.

    Little Women was my favorite classic as a child.

    Voted up, useful and interesting.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Reading books has to come top of the list, l reckon.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my hub.

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    Feline Prophet 6 years ago

    I hate to admit it but it was the 'reading' of music and all the theory that put me off my piano lessons as a child! Fortunately I persevered when it came to reading books and I certainly am glad about that! :)

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Hey Micky.....! Each to his own, man.. The idea of me on a bicycle doesn´t bare thinking about. Love you, man as always. xxx

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    Micky Dee 6 years ago

    Nicely done dear Dim! I admit I didn't like the books many have read when I was coming up. I don't like many of the "popular" books and movies that many like. I've never watched "The Titanic". Etc. God bless Dim!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks , Dream On. l was always right inside the story with all the characters when l was a child, too.

    Hence l HATED Alice in Wonderland. It was sureal and the queen of hearts, shouting ´´OFF WITH THEIR HEADS¨ scared me to death.

    Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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    DREAM ON 6 years ago

    Reading is so important for the young minds to dream and use their imagination.I have always loved reading and I could easily be where any story took me.I wonder with the new E-books and all the new technology like the Nook if parents and children will read more.Maybe too much t.v.Great hub and great thoughts.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks Shalini,.

    It seems so obvious to some of us doesn´t it?

    Good to see you on my page. Hope you are well x

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    Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

    I do wish more parents would foster the love of reading in young minds! Thanks for a wonderful hub, Dim!

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you Davib Russell. Pleased to meet you on hubpages,


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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    thanks Tony, añway good to have a comment from you.

    love and peace


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    Russell-D 6 years ago from Southern Ca.

    That was the thrust of my first children's book, "Pop Pop's Magic Chair", which begins when my grandson was one and would climb on my lap and say, "read". The book takes us up to the age of 5, when he could read by himself. My illustrator buddy, Frank Furlong brings it all to life. Loving words early, means great pleasure for a lifetime. Learning to love learning, words, music and art are the positive attributes we should pass on to young minds, along with a love for their fellow man. David Russell

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    Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

    Wonderful, Dimkj. I really enjoyed this one. I am also very much in favour of children learning to love books and reading early on. I'm fortunate that all three of mine love reading, and my two daughters also love writing.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Love and peace


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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    I also appreciate you being in my life, Epi.

    Yes , of course l shall be at the royal wedding, sitting in my favourite chair with earl grey tea and maybe champagne later in the day. Watching it all on T.v. Shall l look out for you.?

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    epigramman 6 years ago

    ...well I love reading your hubs - they always rock my world - especially a subject like this one - thank you for being in my life and supporting my writing - you are a worthy and esteemed colleague and a terrific friend too - please accept my best wishes for a happy and safe Easter - are you invited to the royal wedding - I will look for you on 'live' TV??

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks for reading , Teylina. Pleased to meet you on hubpages

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    Teylina 6 years ago

    Good hub. Thanks for sharing.