Today, I brought a special copied of a story when came to a little friend. The story was written to put in one of our books. We printed it as a small secret exercise for our students in a “lazy way”: giving children more space to show themselves. Anyway, when I gave the 8 year old boy the book, he looked at the front cover and said:
– You group made this. I saw the name.
– Yes, you’re right.
A while later he shouted with joy, pointing his finger:
– Wow, I know what it is for – it is for drawing, isn’t it?
– Oh, how do you know?
– Well, I just read a little, and looked at the empty rectangle here and I knew it. But, why the artist didn’t draw a picture here? He must be very lazy that time.
I didn’t say anything but smile. This little boy has some of our books, the literature books, and he has read them for many times. He even realized which illustrations there belong to the artist who has illustrated most parts of our literature books.
The boy kept turning page to page. I waited for him to see the last page, and yes, he reached it and talked aloud:
– Oh, look, even the author of this story is very lazy!
I tried not to laugh: “Why? What do you have?”
– You should look at this page. There are many places the author didn’t write, I’ll have to write down myself to read. Here, here and here. Oh, how lazy!
– Do you like to write yourself to complet the story?
– Yes, of course. I’m good at imagination, you know.
– Yeah, perhaps the author knew that already and wanted you to write there.
He came back to the book. He looked at the front cover again, and then the back cover. He called me (again):
– Oh, you look at the back cover. There’s nothing here. Why he was so lazy?
– You know who! You see this book (stopped and picked up a book), he drew some sails. But this book (he turned back to our special book) he didn’t put anything on its back cover.
– Well, I don’t know.
– Hum, so I’ll have to help him to draw the cover, I guess.
– If you like to do so.
And so he was excited to pick up his pencil. I think next time when I come there I should borrow the book to see how it has changed.