My mother used to read me stories and I loved it.
One of the books we read was "De brief voor de koning" by Tonke Dragt (in English: "The Letter for the King"). Maybe, like no other children's book, this story has had a profound impact on my life. When a few years later I was able to read Dutch on my own I reread the book with even greater intensity.
What a great thrill, therefore, to invite my mother and father on a visit last week to watch the movie. An extra bonus was the language. "De brief voor de koning" is a Dutch movie with English subtitles.
Today, knowing how much it can mean to children when mom or dad reads with them I now enjoy this activity from the other side. Seeing the excitement and growing fantasy in my own children, good books and great literature seem to be an even greater blessing.