28/10/09

Drop Everything and Read!


If you're a reader, you know the irresistible allure of a day spent doing nothing but reading. Snuggling up with a cup of tea on a rainy day with a good read, or basking in the sun on a bright afternoon with a book in hand ... don't you sometimes wish you could just drop everything and read?


The good news is that on Saturday, April 12th, you can do just that! Designated as National Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R.), it's a family-friendly reading event that will let book-lovers get their fill, and encourage reluctant readers to take time out and enjoy the act of reading, too. The event is inspired by the children's author Beverly Clearly, whose classic book Ramona Quimby, Age 8 features D.E.A.R. day, and on whose birthday the event falls. But you don't have to hit up such Cleary classics as The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Henry and Ribsy, or Ramona the Pest to celebrate D.E.A.R. Just take time out to pick up an old classic for a family read-aloud, or spend an hour browsing the stacks at your local library.


ACTIVITIES:


1 ANSWER THE QUESTIONS:

- What's the meaning of D.E.A.R.?

- Is there any similar celebration in your own country?

- What's the biggest pleasure foa a reader according to the text?

- Which book is the inspiration of this celebration?


2. Translate into your language the following words:

Pick Up:______________

Drop:________________

Snuggling up:___________

Basking in the sun:________


3 Writing:

Write about your plans for a rainy day at home!


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