Reading is COOL


Different people have different reactions to reading.  I know that reading rocks and I would never be able to live without books.  Reading become extremely important when we want to learn a foreing language.  It is just by observing the best writers, by absorbing language in context, by widening our cultural horizons that we can really plunge ourselves in the target language and its cultural context.

These are some quotations about reading, which one do you like best and why?

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a 2011 animated short film directed by W. Joyce and B. Oldenburg.  Described as an “allegory about the curative powers of a story”.

Think about the story you’ve just watched and answer the following questions, then share your answers with your schoolmates. Comprehension questions:

What happened to the words in his book?
What happened to his town after the storm?
Why are there flying books? What do you think it means?
Why is it colorful in the library, but black and white outside?
Why do you think it shows his book as having an operation as if it were human?

How was he able to save the book’s life?
Why do the visitors to the library change from black and white to color after they get a book?
Why did the man decide to leave the library?
Why did the books make the man young again?
What happened to his book at the end of the film?
Why was the man’s picture put on the wall of the library?

More questions to reflect upon:

  1. After the storm, Morris feels lost and wanders around. Then he looks up and sees the flying lady with her squadron of flying books. Talk about how you see the world when you look down. How do you see the world when you look up?
  2. The flying lady sees that Morris is sad and needs a new story so she gives him her favorite book. How can a story help someone feel better? Have you ever felt bad and then heard a story that made you feel better? What kinds of stories and books make you feel better?
  3. Do you have any stories or special words that you tell yourself to help you feel better?
  4. When Morris enters the building with all the books, he can hear faint chatter and it feels as if the books were asking to be opened and read. It has been said that every book needs a reader to bring it to life. What do you think?
  5. Morris has lots of books: comedies, tragedies, encyclopedias. Can you think of other kinds of books he might have had in his library? What kinds of books would you want in your library?
  6. What do you think it means to be lost in a book? Have you ever been lost in a book?
  7. Why do you think Morris enjoys sharing his books? Do you ever recommend or suggest books to friends? Talk about your favorite books and why you like them.
  8. When you leave, what matters most is what you’ve taken in – the memories, stories, and experiences. What would you like to be inside you?
  9. At the end of the book Morris flies off with his favorite books. How can books make you fly?
  10. Morris’s life was a book of his own writing. He wrote about his joys and sorrows, all that he knew and everything that he hoped for. What are your hopes?


Write 10 reasons why you think you should read

I will sum up my 10 reasons with a quotation that I really love:

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.  That doesn’t happen much, though.     Jerome David Salinger

Let’s write a poem, entitled “What’s a Book Not”.  See the prompt below:


A book is not

But it

I’ll start:

A book is not meant for anybody

But it can be read by everybody

A book cannot be eaten

But it can feed your soul

A book cannot be worn

But it can be carried with you at all times