Young readers recognized |

Young readers recognized

Anders Chaplin

Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra recently presented its “On Your Way” awards to three students at Zephyr Cove Elementary School. They are Anders Chaplain, grade four; Jack Percival, grade five; and Marcus Foerschler, grade three.

Chaplain said, “I’ve read so many books it’s hard to decide, but if I had to pick my favorite it would be the Harry Potter series. I’ve read the first four books four times each and the fifth one once.”

“I like reading because I can relate to characters in different ways. It’s interesting to see how they relate to me and how they don’t do things I would do. Sometimes I wish that I would be the character in the book. My mom has read to me and my brother since were babies. Sometimes we still all read together in bed.”

Chaplain’s reading specialist teacher, Laurie Brazil, said, “Anders has been an enthusiastic reader since he was 5 years old. He has been reading about Henry and Mudge or Jack and Annie in their Magic Tree House or Harry, Hermione and Ron at Hogwarts for years. He is a role model for other students, and if William Butler Yeats was right about ‘education being not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire,’ then Anders is ablaze in flame.”

Percival said that his favorite book is “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien because of the historical fantasy.

When asked what he likes about reading, Percival said, “If it’s a well written book the words just flow off the page. And, if it’s really suspenseful, then I’m just waiting excitedly for something to happen.”

Brazil said that Jack chooses to read even in his free time. “He chooses great literature and always has a book either in his hands, sitting on his desk, or waiting by his bed. Jack is a very talented drama student and, I believe, he gets a lot of his inspiration and insight from the variety of characters he has read about.”

Foerschler said, “My favorite book is a trilogy by Philip Pullman. I just finished ‘The Amber Spyglass.’ I also like ‘The Thief Lord’ by Cornelia Funke. They are fantasy books that are scary, too.”

“I feel like I’m somebody in the book when I’m reading it,” Foerschler said.” The longer they are the more I get into the character. I feel happy and relaxed when I read.”

“Marcus continues to challenge himself by reading not only popular, but also very difficult and involved texts,” Brazil said. “He is always in the middle of some novel and can’t wait to share his experience with the class.”

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