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Poetry Friday: The Reading Boy by Benj Gillman

September 6th, 2013 (07:00 am)

Current Mood: calm
Current Song: Evaporate by Gabrielle Aplin

In the New York Times essay Early Reader, Priscilla Gillman talks about her son, Benj, who started reading at age 2 and was diagnosed with hyperlexia at age 3.

A little more than halfway through the piece, she shares a poem he wrote when he was ten. Entitled The Reading Boy, it begins with the line, "There once was a boy who was good..." It will be appreciated by voracious readers of all ages.

Click here and scroll halfway down the page to read the poem. I didn't want to reprint the poem here without permission.

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Posted by: Laura Shovan (Laura Shovan)
Posted at: September 6th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)

I don't know much about hyperlexia (dyslexia, yes). I'm looking forward to going back and reading the New York Times article. Sweet poem, especially the little reading nook.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 7th, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Re: Fascinating

Enjoy the article. Thanks for commenting.

Posted by: mlyearofreading (mlyearofreading)
Posted at: September 7th, 2013 12:14 pm (UTC)

What a hopeful story! Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 7th, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)

There's always hope.

Posted by: Kathleen (scarlet_tearz)
Posted at: September 8th, 2013 12:51 pm (UTC)

I found this article really interesting, thanks :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 8th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)

Thanks for reading.

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