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Raising readers is just one of the better things about being a parent, especially if you/your partner is a bookworm. That very thrill of picking up a book, flipping through it and losing oneself in the joys of words, images and ideas as they seep into your being is quite unparalleled. Kindle has become almost synonymous with reading today as I am sure you’ll agree.
Gy took to books pretty early, I’d say, maybe from the time I began reading to her when she was an infant. I doubt that she actually understood the words but she’d listen raptly to every story as if she were grasping it all. A part of me hoped that she’d be a reader and fall in love with words the way I had. I didn’t know it then but pretty soon I’d be playing the role of the delighted mom to a relentless bookworm!
When she turned 5, she began reading on her own and a part of me wondered at how effortlessly she’d slipped into this role of a reader. She began with picture books and moved on to flip board books and slowly graduated to thin books such as Dr.Seuss’ magical works followed closely by Spot’s adventures.
From there, it only grew! Soon, she was reading all the time and I found myself pleading with her to go to sleep and finish the book the next day. Secretly though, I was thrilled to know that here was a child after my own heart.
She turned 10 recently and I wondered if the time was possibly right to introduce her to the world of Kindle and e-books. It makes for easier portability for one thing and I can have many books on a single device as opposed to a bag full of paperbacks (although she still carries those too!).
The Kindle App on my Android tab coupled with the 11-inch screen makes for very comfortable reading. So I purchased Ruskin Bond’s The Hidden Pool and called her over to walk her through the features of the Kindle Device.
Touching the centre of the screen opens up the menu on the right-top corner and you have the option of adjusting font type, font size, screen brightness and the background screen colour that helps with better readability.
The Page Flip feature is something she found especially fun and kept switching between pages just to play around with it! (It’s also visible in the shot above)
She took to the Kindle like a fish to water and the instinctive joy she felt is seen in the way she continued to read sitting up, lying down and resting on her elbows too! She’s also very disciplined though when it comes to screen time and spends about 20-30 minutes total at one stretch.
All told, I’m glad I have a reader in the house and if the Kindle means more reading and expansion of one’s horizons then I am all for it.