Anna’s adventures in Wonderland

We’ve been reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Anna at bedtime. We do a chapter a night. When we leave the room, however, she picks up the book and goes on reading, getting about halfway through the next chapter on her own before she goes to sleep.

I finished “Lobster Quadrille” before I left her room a few minutes ago, but waited outside her door to listen to her begin “Who Stole the Tarts.” She read to herself out loud, handling 19th century rhythms much better than I do when I read to her.

After a few moments I poked my head back in her room, making the excuse that I thought I had forgotten to shut her window, but mostly because I just wanted to see her lying in bed, reading the book. As I left the room I asked her what she thinks of nonsense.

“Daddy, it’s not nonsense. It’s Wonderland,” she said, not taking her eyes off the book for a second.

Craig Calcaterra

Craig is the author of the daily baseball (and other things) newsletter, Cup of Coffee. He writes about other things at He lives in New Albany, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and many cats.

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