3V1022.2

3V1022.02 Appetite for Reading: (in text between two notes written up on 11/12)

Back in May, Peggy began to request a Tintin in her crib at night.
Sometimes she “read” it, but many times she just wanted to have it
there before she would lie down and go to sleep. And of course, it
would be there when she awoke in the morning. Frequently we would
find her looking at one when we went in to get her up. Lately, she has
been very insistent about reading, or rather being read to. My sitting
down is generally a signal for her to move in — and request that I “reag”
[sic] to her. Richard Scary’s books are big favorites, particularly “What
do people do all day?” and “Great Big Schoolhouse” (which she refers
to as “Miss Honey”). She thinks nothing of having these read in their
entirety (90+ and 60+ pages) and requesting me to “reag it again” when
we reach the end. If she wants “Mrs. Rabbit,: I know she means
“Funniest Storybook Ever” (the whole book, of course — Mrs. Rabbit is
merely the first story !) “Nursery Tales” is another. She will be politic
at times. “I’m ready to have you reag to me now.” and if I pause too
long… “Reag it, reag it.” Occasionally Peggy will be content to sit and
leaf through a book, reciting some snatches of text at the appropriate
spots.

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