“Dad, tell me a story from when you were little. Tell me the story about the time you met your best friend Chris at school.” Six-year-old Alex, who has just started school himself, snuggles into his pillow and catches his dad’s hand in the dark. They have finished the nightly reading of Tin Tin and now it’s time for “just one more story” before Alex goes to sleep.
Most parents know about the benefits of reading stories from books with their young children. Parents are blasted with this message in pediatricians’ offices, at preschool, on TV, even with billboards on the city bus. Reading books with children on a daily basis advances their language skills, extends their learning about the world, and helps their own reading later in school. Reading with your child from a young age can instill a lifelong love of books. A new study published in Science even shows that reading literary fiction improves adults’ ability to understand other people’s emotions.
Reading books with your children is clearly a good idea.
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One of my very favorite scenes of this season was the one with Franny, Frances Conroy, as the Angel of Death in the diner. That was one of those scenes that was just thrilling to do and I loved working with her. I absolutely adore working with her. Sometimes you just have an affinity with an actor that’s unspoken and on a very human level, you connect with them. And that’s how I felt working with Franny, both years. And that scene, to me, was one of my most powerful scenes that they’d written for me. That whole sequence, going from being fired from the band to that whole discovery, it was just a great run of scenes to play, culminating in those two scenes — the one with Franny in the diner and then, discovering from the family that this burden that she had been carrying around with her for years and years and years, it was false. It had basically ruined her life. - Jessica Lange