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Precocious 105-Year Old Chatterbox Prodigy Reads in the Dark

Posted by on 4 July 2010

There's been a lot of talk lately about just who Fiona really is and what she does. Thanks to all of your comments, we've been able to come up with this succinct description: "a precocious 105-year old chatterbox prodigy who reads in the dark."

Yet that only begins to scratch the surface of this deep persona. Today I thought I'd share more specifics - particularly on her reading and writing interests.

Current books checked out from the local library (20 total; I told her that was the limit for this 3-week period):

  • The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
  • A Hatful of Seuss: Five Favorites by Dr. Seuss
  • Geogra-fleas!: Riddles All Over The Map (she likes us to pronounce that Georgia-fleas)
  • Goldilocks and the Three Martians
  • David Gets in Trouble (she already owns another of the David books)
  • The Squiggle
  • Cat & Mouse
  • What James Likes Best (any book with James in the title is a must read in honor of her big brother James)
  • Ramona and Her Father (she's become a Ramona fan in the last 2 months)
  • Ramona the Pest
  • Henry and Beezus
  • Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery (she likes to pronounce Jansen as Janseen and loves the Cam Jansen books; loves mysteries like her mom)
  • Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery
  • Cam Jansen and the First Day of School
  • Arthur Chapter Books 1-3 (she's been reading chapter books for a while now; yes, she's just going into 1st grade)
  • Baby-Sitters Club #43, Stacey's Emergency (became a huge fan of Baby-Sitters Club books because her big sister owns quite a few)
  • Baby-Sitters Club #33
  • Baby-Sitters: Little Sister #61
  • Baby-Sitters: Little Sister #37
  • Charlotte's Web

At bedtime we read at least one book and then she requires at least a dozen books at her bedside to read. At any given point in the day if it's too quiet, we go check to see what trouble she's up to: usually she's sitting on our bed reading a book. She's enjoying The Secret Garden, Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, Little Women and many, many more.

She'll probably be a writer. Actually she already writes at her blog: Foona's 900 Funny Thoughts. She usually dictates to me as I type in the words. Often she asks me to correct the punctuation! Oh, and she loves it when people leave comments.

Her library may already have as many books as her dad's. That must be where she gets it from! I'm sure she'll be an author like so many in her family: Dad writes business books and has written a mystery; Mom's co-authored books with Dad (you can find their books here); her sister writes poetry; her brother has published two books; her uncle is writing a book. Mom also writes poems. Here's one of Mom's favorites written for Fiona's Dad:

Our Hearts Entwine

When you look at me my heart melts
Your eyes smile and twinkle with love
With just a look you say I love you
With just a smile you say you'll always be there
My eyes mist with tears, my heart aches with love
I reach for you, you reach for me
With a look alone our hearts entwine
Forever in love, yours and mine

Yes, Fiona does read in the dark (with a flashlight or small night light). And she can talk your ear off like no one's business!

4 Responses to Precocious 105-Year Old Chatterbox Prodigy Reads in the Dark

  1. Britt-Arnhild

    What a great reading list :-)

  2. Sue L Canfield

    Thanks Britt. I thought you might enjoy it.

  3. caitlyn

    Can't wait to see what she does with my collection!

    I should probably bring "The Rabbits" and "Orphan Boy" home from school. Stunning picture books that won't take long to read, but have provided 4 week units in Social Studies and English at the high school level. In other words, you may find fodder for some interesting discussions.

    PS. I'll leave my mini-reading light by "her" beside.

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