Imagine an elixir so strong that a daily dose would make your family smarter, happier, healthier, more successful, and more closely attached. Now imagine that you could have it without spending a dime.
It all starts with a book, a voice, and a place to sit . . .
From a beloved Wall Street Journal columnist comes a book that will transform your understanding of reading aloud. Grounded in the latest brain science and behavioral research, and drawing widely from life and literature, The Enchanted Hour reveals the stunning advantages that await people of every age and background when they partake of this ancient practice.
Meghan Cox Gurdon shows how reading out loud is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families, and unfulfilling distractions of the tech era. From a thrilling look at what happens in a toddler's brain when a grown-up reads a story, to the way shared books are keeping far-flung military families connected; from the imaginative transport of classic novels, to the rejuvenating late-life consolations of poetry and prose: the evidence is clear and the benefits are irrefutable.
Taking us into hospitals, homes, bookstores, and schools, Gurdon blends cutting-edge science with funny, touching stories of real families-including her own-in a compelling testament to the power of what Charles Dickens called the "spoken syllable."
Lively and authoritative, with practical tips and reading recommendations, The Enchanted Hour will inspire readers to share this invaluable, life-altering tradition with the people they love most-and perhaps rediscover an enchanted slice of their own childhoods in the process.
Table of Contents
Author's Note xi / Introduction xiii / 1 What Reading to Children Does to Their Brains / 1 (20) / 2 Where It All Began: Once Upon a Time in the Ancient World / 21 (20) / 3 Reading Together Strengthens the Bonds of Love / 41 (26) / 4 Turbocharging Child Development with Picture Books / 67 (24) / 5 The Rich Rewards of a Vast Vocabulary / 91 (26) / 6 The Power of Paying Attention---and Flying Free / 117 (28) / 7 Reading Aloud Furnishes the Mind / 145 (32) / 8 From the Nursery to the Nursing Home: Why Reading Aloud Never Gets Old / 177 (18) / 9 There Is No Present Like the Time / 195 (22) / Afterword 217 (2) / Acknowledgments 219 (4) / Notes 223 (28) / Read-Aloud Books Mentioned In The Enchanted Hour 251 (4) / More Suggested Stories For Reading Aloud 255 (8) / Index 263 / / / /
Meghan Cox Gurdon
New York, NY, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-261) and index. -Text englisch