Friday, October 15, 2010

Do the voices, Daddy!

Never in my life have I been on stage in a theatrical production. Nor have I entertained any ambitions to become an actor. I didn't take drama in high school, and, with the exception of a fairly decent Sean Connery, I can't do celebrity impressions.

But when it comes to reading books to my kids, I do voices.

The Three Billy-goats Gruff (Easy-to-Read Folktales)
Trolls snort, goats bleat, and
hooves go clip-clop-clap.
My memory fails when I try to recall when I started doing it. It was probably when my oldest child, now 12, was still pre-Kindergarten. It just makes sense to me that if you want to engross a child in a book, acting out the characters and giving them some personality--beyond just tonal inflection--really does wonders. It makes the story come alive, and, as a result, gets the kids more interested in books and reading.

At least, that what I see in my own kids. Now it is impossible to read a book to my little ones without them begging me to do the voices. Thank goodness it's so much fun, especially books with unique characters like The Three Billy Goats Gruff or Froggy Goes to School.

What about you, parents? Do you read with voices, or just inflection? What are your favorite books to voice act to? Most importantly, do your children prefer it with or without your creative flair?

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