1. Who thinks that reading books makes people smarter? Why?
2. Who thinks that schoolchildren are given too much reading to do?
3. Who believes books are the most ancient mass media?
You asked me why I like reading books, didn’t you? I should say books have been my best friends for many years. You know, I’m the only child in my family. My parents were always busy with their work and I used to spend a lot of time playing with my toys. But from time to time, especially on holidays, they used to present me with wonderful new books: fairy tales, fantasy books, science fiction. Some of them were written ages ago. But I enjoyed them very' much.
And they are still interesting tor people of my generation. That’s why I believe books are the most ancient media.
I didn’t like reading when I was a little boy. It was boring to sit for hours with a book in my hands trying to learn what happened to the characters. I used to play football and basketball with my friends.
I have to confess, I read very slowly. At school we are given a lot of homework, so I have to read anyway: history and literature, biology and geography. So much reading!
Not long ago the situation changed. My father bought me my first CD book. It’s fantastic! It’s like a computer game. Turning the pages over you can see what’s happening in pictures, in colors and in action! It’s really amazing. I think CD books will be much more popular with teenagers of my generation than printed books.
Lots of my friends are not keen on reading books. They prefer going to discos, playing computer games, watching TV and videos. I’m shy and not very sociable and I don’t spend much time going to noisy parties. But I don’t feel lonely thanks to the books I love.
When I was a little girl, I loved turning the pages over and over, looking at the beautiful pictures and guessing what the characters would say and do. I started reading when I was only five. I imagined myself travelling everywhere, speaking different languages, climbing mountains and flying to other planets.
I believe that nearly all I know I learned from books. Those of my friends who read a lot are smart and interesting to talk to. As a rule they are very good at English. Reading is a special world full of adventures and joy.