Just a quick post for anyone who is curious about how the dragons at book club came out.
The others got creative in different ways.
The one question I had for the kids was about the narrator (after
discussing what a narrator was). The book is called “My Father’s
Dragon” and tells the story of Elmer Elevator and his adventures
rescuing and befriending a baby dragon. The story is about Elmer, but
obviously told by Elmer’s child. All of us jumped to the conclusion
that the narrator was a boy, but I pointed out that it’s never stated.
It could be told by Elmer’s daughter. But I think because the
protagonist is male, we hear the narrator’s voice as male, but that
doesn’t have to be the case. Just because it’s a children’s book club
doesn’t mean there aren’t always interesting things for adults to ponder
about the reading too!
In any case, if you are looking for some kind of activity to do with
your child and other parents and kids as well, book clubs are fun. You
can make it what you want. I’m craft heavy and discussion heavy, but
other parents put more effort into the food, or something else. It’s
nice to read with your children and stories are a good way to get them
talking about something other than what they had for snack at school.
I’m already planning a book club for Quinn. We’re just waiting for him
to have more friends who can, you know, read.