With Love, From My Nephew

Amma, could you please take me to Barnes & Noble?” my nine-year-old nephew asked my sister. “Shravan, do you need more books?” My sister looked at him askance. Naturally. Because his to-be-read-pile is as enormous as mine. πŸ™‚ With an eagerness to reassure her, Shravan said, “I want to get a book for Thichi (me).” Heaving a sigh of relief, my sister drove him to the bookstore, where the duo seemed to have had a great time. And, what did he choose for me?

This:

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There are about 120 unread books in my stash, but I don’t have this. *does a happy gig* πŸ™‚ Quite innocently, my sister told me, “This is a big book. About 600 pages long…” I texted, “I LOVE BIG BOOKS.”

And, Shravan wrote this:

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Both of us love writing letters. My heart is singing.

Whenever Shravan says that I inspire him when it comes to reading, I feel useful. Motivating a child to read gives immense amount of satisfaction, and a great sense of accomplishment.

Just like all of us, after he finishes a book, he writes a review, and dutifully shares it with me. I love his reviews. He is disarmingly candid. But, one has to approach his book-blogsΒ carefully because they are replete with spoilers. πŸ˜‰ The critic in him cannot help it though. Because he is a boy of candour and all that, you see. πŸ™‚

We loveΒ Charlotte’s Web, Winnie The Pooh, Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, and loads of books which feature animals. We didn’t like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Sorry. He loves the Wimpy Kid series, which I am reluctant to read. I tried explaining the awesomeness of Harry Potter. However, he is stuck with the third book. (He is a bit apprehensive to progress because his mum spoiled a big secret about Dumbledore. So, he is waiting to forget the secret, and resume reading with a fresh mind. Fair enough.)

I am hoping against hope to meet him in the US in a couple of months. If I do, we will have many bookish dates. We are planning to camp at his local library, read together, and generally have fun. Did I mention? I am only hoping. πŸ™‚

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15 thoughts on “With Love, From My Nephew

  1. Your comments about motivating children to read are very true. For young people as well as us older folks, books open doors to ideas and Universes that we otherwise would not know.

    It is great that your nephew is such a reader.

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  2. What a sweet boy he is. Such a thoughtful gift, and I love the inscription. You are lucky to have each other. I hope very much that you get to see him in the US soon!

    Also, I read the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book and found it really funny. For what it’s worth! πŸ™‚

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  3. What a great gift! Your nephew knows how to make you happy πŸ™‚ You’re right inspiring kids to read is sooo important. I think this is the greatest thing you can give them, a chance to discover so many other worlds. Imagine how awful life would be if you never started reading!

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