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The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction (Paperback)
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The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 15/01/2019
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'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.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349422954
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 396 g
Dimensions: 232 x 152 x 28 mm


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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 *
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 *
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 *
An inspiring argument for sharing the joys of reading * Kirkus *
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 *
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 *
A joyous book that'll have you scrambling to the library * Yours *

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“Let me tell you a story...”

Meghan Cox Gurdon is a book reviewer for the Wall Street Journal and also a mother of five. She has, therefore, a great interest in children's books and the benefits of reading: this book is an investigation of... More

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“...Captured the beauty of oral storytelling...”

Going into The Enchanted Hour, I anticipated the book to be all about the benefits of reading aloud to children, and perhaps a couple of snippets of bookish joys the author has experienced with her own children - and... More

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