June 12, 2004

Serendipity and the Prisoner of Azkaban

No, I've not seen the new Harry Potter movie yet, though I intend to do so in the next week or two.

But this morning a correspondent wrote to recommend Teresa Nielsen Hayden's blog, and when I went there what did I find but amazing story on Michael Berube's blog. Mr. Berube's son Jamie has Down's syndrome--and the Harry Potter books have opened a whole new world of narrative for him.

I've always believed in the power of tales well-told, and here's the proof.

Posted by Will Duquette at June 12, 2004 07:27 AM

Deb said:

My dyslexic daughter had never really liked reading books to herself until she read Harry Potter. And when she plowed her way all thru the 3rd or 4th one that was 700 pages long and could tell me details of the plot after she was done, I knew that book got her hooked on stories. She now reads almost as incessantly as I and her brother do and has branched out to other authors. If a story has that much power to move a child who had very real difficulties decoding words to read and read and read, then the author has to be doing something right no matter what the critics say.

And we're doing the 11:45 am show tomorrow right after church. ;o)