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The Enchanted Hour

The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

Meghan Cox Gurdon

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A fascinating look at the scientific benefits - and joys - of reading aloud to children of all ages.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction A01 By (author) N Meghan Cox Gurdon 196 126 28 240 BC Paperback / softback 304 Piatkus Books Little, Brown Book Group London United Kingdom VFX Advice on parenting DSY Children's & teenage literature studies JFSP1 Age groups: children JMC Child & developmental psychology VFXC Child care & upbringing YB Picture books, activity books & early learning material CJCR Reading skills CFC Literacy 5AR For reluctant readers (children) 1.3 VFX DSY JBSP1 JMC VFXC YB CJCR CFC Parenting: advice & issues Children's & teenage literature studies: general Age groups: children Child, developmental & lifespan psychology Child care & upbringing: advice for parents Books for very young children, children's picture books & activity books Language learning: reading skills Literacy 5AR For reluctant or struggling readers (children / teenagers) A fascinating look at the scientific benefits - and joys - of reading aloud to children of all ages. 'As soon as I began to read, I was filled with that kind of engrossed blossoming that happens somewhere inside of you when you start a really nourishing book.' - Pandora Sykes A conversation-changing look at the social, familial, neurological, and psychological benefits of reading aloud, especially for parents and children. A miraculous alchemy occurs when one person reads to another, transforming the simple stuff of a book, a voice, and a bit of time into complex and powerful fuel for the heart, brain, and imagination. Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioural research, and drawing widely from literature, The Enchanted Hour explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that await children who are read to, whatever their class, nationality or family background. Meghan Cox Gurdon argues that this ancient practice is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families and unfulfilling ephemera of the tech era, helping to replenish what our devices are leaching away. For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, it's an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories and pictures. Bringing together the latest scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations, The Enchanted Hour will both charm and galvanize, inspiring readers to share this invaluable, life-altering tradition with the people they love most. A joyous book that'll have you scrambling to the library * Yours * As soon as I began to read, I was filled with that kind of engrossed blossoming that happens somewhere inside of you when you start a really nourishing book -- Pandora Sykes * Sunday Times * The Enchanted Hour enthralled me . . . Gurdon's book is the most charming, gentle encouragement to step away from your phone, and into the embrace of your family's most vivid imaginations * Sarah Ivens, author of Forest Therapy * An inspiring argument for sharing the joys of reading * Kirkus * Meghan Gurdon has given today's parents much needed wisdom to raise attentive and curious children in the Age of Distraction. I hope her book finds a huge audience * Rosemary Wells * Don't pick up this bewitching book! It's so enchanting you won't be able to put it down * Mem Fox, author of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Reading Magic * Parents and grandparents shouldn't miss The Enchanted Hour, but more important, we all need to heed this delightful book's wise advice: Please read to your kids. It's not the school's job to get our kids reading, it's our job - and it's a wonderful, magical act of love and caring. * James Patterson * Meghan Cox Gurdon is an essayist, book critic, and former foreign correspondent who has been The Wall Street Journal's children's book reviewer since September 2005. Her work has appeared widely, in publications such as The Washington Examiner, The Daily Telegraph, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and National Review. A graduate of Bowdoin College, she lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband, Hugo Gurdon, and their five children. 14042020 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 9.99 0.00 9.99 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 56 BERT GARD Y

'As soon as I began to read, I was filled with that kind of engrossed blossoming that happens somewhere inside of you when you start a really nourishing book.' - Pandora Sykes

A conversation-changing look at the social, familial, neurological, and psychological benefits of reading aloud, especially for parents and children.

A miraculous alchemy occurs when one person reads to another, transforming the simple stuff of a book, a voice, and a bit of time into complex and powerful fuel for the heart, brain, and imagination.

Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioural research, and drawing widely from literature, The Enchanted Hour explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that await children who are read to, whatever their class, nationality or family background.

Meghan Cox Gurdon argues that this ancient practice is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families and unfulfilling ephemera of the tech era, helping to replenish what our devices are leaching away. For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, it's an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories and pictures.

Bringing together the latest scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations, The Enchanted Hour will both charm and galvanize, inspiring readers to share this invaluable, life-altering tradition with the people they love most.

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Book publisherLittle, Brown Book Group
Publication date14 Apr 2020
FormatPaperback
Pages304
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