Reading: An Essential Part of Life Essay

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Reading is a pleasurable activity yet an essential part of life, as it is important for survival in the modern world. As Rohal Dahl quoted ‘ Books ... if you are going to be anything, they are vital in life’ (www.stlwritersguild.org 13/11/10). Children should be encouraged to read from a very young age, as the ability to read allows them to access information, develop into fluent speakers and allows them to be creative writers. A study carried out by Eckhoff (1983) on second graders demonstrates this as he examined writing of two different groups: one who read a highly simplified textbook whilst the other read a text containing many literature forms, results showed children who were exposed to various literary forms, seemed better able in …show more content…
Books which transported me to this so called fantasy world were famous fairytales such as: Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, Snow White and Peter Pan. However as most of these fairy tales had my mind engrossed in the fantasy world, there was one fairy tale, which I particularly disliked despite its happy ending was the story of Hansel and Gretel. The story didn’t have a pleasant beginning, instead Hansel and Gretel’s stepmother was commanding their dad to abandon his children as there wasn’t enough food in the house. As the story goes on, their step father gives in and abandons his children in the forest. The children were able to find their way home on their own for the first time, however they were unsuccessful on the second attempt. As time went by, the children come across a house made of sweets with sugar windows. They were so hungry that they began to eat the delicious treats. The house belonged to a witch who was disguised as an old lady. This old lady persuaded the children to come in hoping to trick and eat them. The character I disliked the most in the story was the witch. Due to her evil disguise, the children were clueless about her evil plan. However towards the end of the story the children managed to escape and find their way back home where they lived happily ever after with their dad.
Whilst at Primary school and first learning how to read, I remember picking up

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