My mother, Cori Dinovitzer (also known as Ms. D at Blossom Park Public School) adopted me when I was seven years old. I could hardly speak English very well and couldn’t read any word but my name. My mother taught me how to read after she read me my first novel; Charlotte’s Web. I fell in love with reading so much that the following year I was in the newspaper for reading an exerpt from Charlotte’s Web for the opening of the new library in Greenboro Community Center. I read The Diary of Anne Frank for the first time (I’ve read it at least six times) when I was eight years old. You couldn’t get my nose out of a book! I have read entire series of books, some of which were: Harry Potter, Twilight Saga, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and The Hunger Games. I still love reading to this day, so much so that I have read to my son since the day I found out I was pregnant. My son is one month away from turning three, and I can hardly wait until he is old enough to read Charlotte’s Web with me. In fact, I will be reading with him the very copy of Charlotte’s Web that my mother read to me.
Without Cori Dinovitzer introducing me to reading, I don’t think I would have ever loved reading. Thank you Mommy, you really are the best teacher I ever had!