Going to Mars, Word by Word

The Power of Words Do you remember when you first started to read? Children recognize the power of words before they can form them. They know that books hold secrets long before they can read. Their curiosity and fascination drive them to turn pages of a book looking for the key to understanding. They beg to be read to. Finally, they are old enough to learn to read. But first, they must know their alphabet by sight and sound. There are only 26 letters but there are at least 44 sounds those letters, or combinations of letters, make. Finally, they learn to string the sounds together. Faces scrunch up with effort as they laboriously sound out letters on the page. “rrrrr – ah–” “No, that is a u. It’s sound here is ‘uh.’” “rrrr – uhhhh – ennn. rrr—uhhhh—nnnn.” Suddenly their face light up and they shout, “Run!” After the first word, the second, third, and fourth come more quickly. They turn the pages eagerly, finding new words and ideas on every page. They read nonfiction and fiction. Some progress to reading science fiction. The Power of Ideas The field of speculative fiction, or science fiction and fantasy if you […]