Last night at our dinner table

The scene:  The family dinner table.  Present include the the mom, Ethan (age 10), and Grant (age 8).

Ethan:  Mom, would it be possible to dissect a fly?

Mom:  Yes, I guess it would, but you’d need a microscope or something like that.

Grant (cheerfully piping in):  And some Lilliputian tools!

Mom (laughing, with a bit of awe):  “Lilliputian??”

Grant (matter-of-factly):  Yes.  Have you read that book?

Mom (still laughing):  Why, yes I have.  I’m just surprised at your literary reference.

Grant (still matter-of-factly):  Well, the Lilliputians were tiny, and a fly is tiny, so you’d need tiny tools to dissect them.

To be fair, Grant’s only read the Great Illustrated Classics version of Gulliver’s Travels, and he’d just read Henry Winterfield’s Castaways in Lilliputand he pronounced it “lill-i-POOT-ee-ins” rather than “lill-i-POOSH-‘ns.”  Still.  I think that’s rather impressive for an eight-year-old.

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About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on January 18, 2008, in Books for children, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Love it! Virtual high five to Grant.

  2. I thought that perhaps you’d test him on this yesterday at church!! 😀

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