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02 January 2010 @ 06:49 am
Miss Perceptions  
Though I fiddle here with thoughts about books and reading and education, I do not consider myself a blogger. Despite the fact that my third professional book will debut soon, I do not think of myself as a writer/author. I am a wife and mother and teacher-learner (and thanks to David Warlick for this title). At least that is how I define my life. I am sure there are some folks (maybe even some reading this and definitely certain others I know) that would disagree, but these are the three aspects of my life that tend to dominate. Maybe add one more: reader.

It's all about perceptions, really. I know when people see me for the first time, they form a quick judgment. I hope I replace that snap decision based on appearances once they come to know me better. But reflecting on this does give me some pause. I know I am guilty of making snap judgments as well. And kids do it all the time when it comes to books (see I finally am getting to the point). I am talking about book covers here: kids look and make decisions sometimes based on covers. Case in point: I am reading a book now that the resident of the back bedroom (who turns 17 TODAY)had rejected based on the cover. Once I told her about the opening chapters, she snatched it out of my hands and took off reading.

Covers can make or break a book for tweens and teens. Appearances, however, can be deceiving. Maybe we need to make sure kids learn this lesson?

And here is the birthday girl!

Current Location: in bed
Current Mood: new
David Lubardavidlubar on January 2nd, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
I think kids reject covers for two reasons, either the cover doesn't appeal to them, or the cover is one they wouldn't want to be seen with. A kid might like the image on a cover, but know that her peers would tease her for it. (E.g., a kid in an intellectual clique might get kidded for having a book with a sports cover.)
sdnsdn on January 2nd, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
great post. happy new year. xxoo
patty1943: pic#85360854patty1943 on January 2nd, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
I had a snap judgment about you when I read the first of your posts that I saw on LJ. She's WONDERFUL.
I stick to that.