I was never a parent to push independent reading when the children were emergent readers. We would read together at night during our bedtime routine. We read the classics like Moo, Baa, Laa, Laa, Laa, I Went Walking and Daisy and the Egg. At times I thought the repetitive and lyrical nature of the books would lull the children to sleep, but I was usually met with “AGAIN MOMMY AGAIN”.
As my oldest DD grew older the school demands of reading each night became greater. I refused to engage in a power struggle over reading logs and daily reading homework with my DD or the school. If the reading was completed, fantastic. If the reading was not completed and DD felt pressure at school we would have a conversation about the perils of homework with the homeroom teacher.
All this to say, DD was a reluctant reader. She shied away from reading aloud & during quiet time. In Grade 3 we came to a turning point. DD’s school was in a reading contest, a Book-a-Thon. The competitive spirit that is located in her DNA reared its ugly head. She wanted to win, bottom line she committed to being the most read student at her school. We hunted for books that she would like. Chapter books that had the same story line with different characters in each book or episode were not her preferred books of choice.
We stumbled upon, “The Series of Unfortunate Events – The Bad Beginnings” at a used bookstore. We chatted about the situation that the Baudelaire children were in and how would they ever find a new family. Speaking with my DD, then 8, about being an orphan and the perils of the world was not an easy transition from, Susan Boyton’s Barnyard Dance. However, she was ready to step into new, literary worlds. We search local used bookstores, libraries and the Salvation Army for the remaining 12 novels in the series.
At a neighbor garage sale, we found the entire series of 13 novels, almost untouched. DD was ecstatic. She read in the car, in her room, on the way to athletic events basically any spare waking moment she had DD was reading. She won the school-wide award for most chapters read and her educators noted her increase confidence in her reading abilities.
Fast forward to present day. As a member of Netflix #StreamTeam member, DD and I were treated to the advanced screener of the Series of Unfortunate Events. We were not sure what to expect, as the DD held the books in such high regard. We are very happy to say that Neil Patrick Harris is an outstanding Count Olaf and that the Netflix series exceeded our expectations. DD and I are happily anticipating the next set of adventures the Baudelaire children will go on.
You can catch all of the recently added episodes of Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. Tell me what you think!
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