► “A family love of books”
Joelle, grandmother of Antoine, 5 years old
“I read stories to my grandson as I read to my children. These are often the same, moreover, the great classics, such as Little Red Riding Hood Where Cinderella. At home, my daughter has others, more modern ones, or CD-books, but personally, I like to read them these old stories, on a book that I have in my hand. I have a huge library and my daughter is also a great reader, so that, through these stories, I transmit to my grandchildren a little of this family love of books, as a part of who we are. . It’s like a link between generations. »
► “A rooted in culture”
Ihsan, mother of Inès, 6, and Yasmine, 10
“I was not rocked by tales when I was little. In my family, we didn’t tell stories. My parents had just arrived and worked a lot, they didn’t take the time to tell us the tales and legends of their country or to read us those from here, which they didn’t even know. In fact, all the stories I know have been taught to me by school. And I became a scientist, without much emotional connection with reading.
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Also, I read few stories to my daughters, which I regret a little, because reading is a bottomless pit and you never get bored with a book. I would like them to discover this wealth. As the youngest learns to read, we borrow books for beginners from the media library, which she deciphers in the evening before sleeping. I just bought a tale from the eldest, Alice in Wonderland, so that she can find references there, a rootedness that I didn’t have. »
Nesrina, mother of Ryan, 2 years old
“For me, reading stories to my son is above all a moment of shared tenderness. It’s like a hug and besides, sometimes I end up falling asleep next to him. Moreover, often, the tales give strong emotions: the fear, the joy which it is pleasant to share. My son is still very young but he knows very well what he likes and dislikes. For example, I read to him dozens of times Puss in Boots. As soon as I finish reading, he asks for more: “Again and again !” »
► “A complicity between the ages”
Marie-France Popot, member of the association “Read and make read”
“I read tales from yesterday or elsewhere to school children, during sessions in small groups of six. The pupils love these stories and have fun finding common points between them: the bad guys exist everywhere, whether they are wolves at Perrault or the Grimm brothers, tigers in Asia or crocodiles in Africa.
→ MAINTENANCE. “The children who have the most imagination are those who have been told a lot of stories”
On a personal level, I see myself as a transmitter of heritage and a bridge between generations. As I am retired, I have white hair, in the eyes of some I embody a form of wisdom. A complicity between the ages sets in, because I am sometimes the only elderly person around them, when their grandparents are far away. This gives me a kind of legitimacy to transmit these life stories to them. »