While the reading of a book holds great value, holding the story close in order to more fully explore the imaginings of the author's tale is an even greater value.This is how a child becomes a reader.
How do you hold a book? Which is the front? Where is the back? In which direction do the words flow – up, down, to the left, to the right? When someone is speaking can you tell the difference between a question and a statement? How do young children learn the things we, as adults, take for granted?