In the LITClub we read classic stories. Every story has a beginning, middle, and end, a tension that needs to be resolved, and characters we understand. LITClub discussions provide an opportunity to connect to the the human condition and reflect on it, drawing conclusions and making decisions about how we want to live.
Who in your family is most like Winnie Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Eore, Kanga and Roo? Ask any five year old and he’ll tell you exactly who, in his family, is most like the characters in Winnie the Pooh. Try it. It’s fun!
Making connections with characters in a story transforms them from two-dimensional concepts to 3-D animated creations that we love or despise. Some characters are good. Some are bad. Others are irritating. We love good characters we hate the villain or maybe not and think we should. The real human condition is put under a spotlight in a story and we see our valor and our need for grace. Making connections like this actually makes the story more powerful. It’s the reason we turn the page. Discussing these things with our friends causes us to grow.
A good story, like Winnie the Pooh, entertains us and reminds us of who we are and how we interact with others in good times and under pressure. Reflecting on this provides us with an chance to grow and change.
LITClub conversations provide this kind of opportunity in a non threatening, fun and social environment. If you would like to give it a try check out my book The LITClub, Transforming Reading Into An Experience, an easy step-by-step- guide for designing a classical book club for you and your family.
What makes you turn the page?
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