Lessons, continued

Zoe (5) likes to have stories read to her. The other day she chose a picture book given to her by a family friend – a story of cute cuddly animals – and brought it to me. The only problem was that it was in Spanish. I don’t read Spanish. Zoe doesn’t read at all, yet. But she very much wanted me to read this story. And so, there I was, the supposedly capable adult who couldn’t read the story. We were at the same level exactly. So we did the only thing we could. We worked together, and made up a story using the pictures, wondering what the animals were saying and what their feelings were. It was the best story I’ve helped to create in a long time.