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Arthur Ransome came from a Read -Aloud family!
"I do not think that there was anything in my childhood
for which I have more reason to be grateful than my mother's regular reading
aloud, and the habit of eager reading to myself that her reading encouraged."
"Whenever we were not out of doors we were
reading or listening to my mother reading aloud. Fortunately for us my
mother enjoyed this and read extremely well. For one thing, she would never
read aloud to us a book that she did not enjoy reading to herself. This
simple rule, which should be observed by all mothers who read aloud (and
I am sorry for the children of mothers who do not), saved us from a deal
of rubbish. Any book worth reading by children is also worth reading by
From The Autobiography of Arthur
Ransome, Jonathan Cape, London, c. 1976, pp. 35 and 37.
TO READ-ALOUD HOMEPAGE