I've been doing some weekly reading mentoring with a 6-year-old who is so cute she looks like a cartoon. Kid's eyes take up half her head. Ridiculous. Today I had to break it to her that people are animals.
D: It's weird they put a picture of a boy on this page [about animals that walk].
Me: But boys are animals! And so are girls.
D, pitying my stupidity: You think people are made of animals?
D, gently: Um, let's...get back to reading.
I have a made-up theory that passionate young readers will basically be okay in life. Not rich or accomplished necessarily, but empathetic and clever. Thoughts?