“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Garrison Keillor
Books can inform you, enlighten you and lead you in the right direction. Young children have a listening level that significantly surpasses their reading level. When we read aloud to students, we engage them in texts that they might not be able to read. In the process, we expand their imagination, provide knowledge, support language acquisition, build vocabulary and promote reading as a worthwhile, enjoyable activity. Listening to a fluent and expressive reader can help students make connections between written and spoken language. Students of Grade II were amused by the main character in the story, ‘Brave Rima’. Not only was she brave when she was lost in the fair, but she also reunited a lost child with his family. The story motivated our young listeners to be brave and strong.