Thursday, February 02, 2006

The joys of language

Part of the fun of blogs is following the links from blog to blog. I regularly read the Conversational Reading blog. I followed a link from there to The Millions (a Blog about Books) and discovered this interesting article where notable authors recommend books for kids.

I love this quote from the article:
Another recommendation, is Kipling's Just So Stories "for the wonderful rhythms and rhymes and the muscular strength of the language. You don't understand everything as a child but you love the sound of it. Children respond very immediately to the musical rhythmic effects of language."

I remember as a child enjoying the playfulness of language. Kids seem to find the sounds of certain words and phrases delightful - my neices and nephews seem to fixate on certain words and repeat them ad infinitum. It is this joy in language that seems to get lost through years of standardized learning and anything brings about its return is fine with me!

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