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Read with care

Most parents let their children pick the books they want but draw the line at those that are badly written or have themes such as witchcraft

Published on Jul 20, 2014 3:11 PM

Even though his two young daughters beg to eat schlopp (an ice cream topped with a cherry), point out sneetches (bird-like creatures that live on beaches) and ask about a quimney (a creature that dwells in the chimney), research analyst Manish Kaul does not stop them from reading popular children's writer Dr Seuss' books, which contain all those words that do not exist in the English language.

A teacher might frown at the gibberish, but Mr Kaul, 38, says such made-up words form earworm rhymes that grab the girls' attention and "give them an open imagination to invent little worlds".

"Of course, I have to tell them that these are made-up words and don't mean anything," he adds, referring to his daughters, two-year-old Riana and seven-year-old Diya.

He says he does not place any restrictions on his daughters' choice of reading material because he wants to nurture their love of the written word.

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Background story

"I'm the main curator. I would like for her to keep reading, stay inquisitive and learn good values."

MS CHAO JANG YUAN on reading a book's summary and a chapter before buying it for her daughter Raeanne, eight