What’s an 8-year-old reading?

July 30, 2009

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Thursday, July 30, 2009


10:54 a.m.

What she’s reading:

Atalanta: The Race Against Destiny

What it’s about (according to Portlyn, the reader):

A girl’s father thought she was useless and abandoned her on a mountain. She was raised by a bear. Then, two men hunters found her and raised her. She was the fastest runner in all of Greece. And she could hunt big prey. One day, she started to think about her life, and went to see the oracle. The oracle told her not to marry.

Then she got an invitation to help hunt a wild boar from the son of the king. On the way to hunt the boar, she met many, many man hunters who thought she would not be able to hunt as well as a man. But, many men were injured, and one even died trying to kill the boar. She threw an arrow at it, and was the first to draw blood. But the son of the king (who invited Atalanta to hunt) killed the boar.

After some drama involving the son of the king, Atalanta went back to live with her dad. Her dad decided it was time for her to marry. But she said she wouldn’t marry anyone who couldn’t beat her at a foot race. They would die if they didn’t beat her. Of course, nobody beat her. Then, the judge of the races fell in love with her. They got married, but they forgot to thank the goddess of love, Aphrodite, so Zeus’ mother turned them into lions who had to pull her around on her chariot.

So what’s the point, according to Portlyn?:

Always listen to the oracle’s words.


6 Responses to “What’s an 8-year-old reading?”

  1. Tara Says:

    Your daughter is amazing and will one day save the world..

  2. Miz H Says:

    Can you train me to make my baby as awesome as yours?

  3. I think my niece and your daughter are conspiring to make me want a kid.

  4. beamish Says:


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