Sunday, April 17, 2011

Comic book Collecting > Kids learn faster when reading comic books

Collectors, kids find comic relief | The Clarion-Ledger |
Dale Griffin sets out new arrivals at Heros and Dreams: Comics and Collectibles on Lakeland Drive in Flowoood.
"And there is another reason she doesn't complain: The Pattons are certain that reading comic books has increased their two daughters' vocabulary, comprehension and love of books.

'I remember when (11-year-old) Amiyah was in third or fourth grade, and she brought home these vocabulary tests she had taken,' Shayla Patton says. 'One of the words she had defined correctly was 'comrade.' I was pretty impressed. I said, 'How did you know that?' She said, 'I remember seeing that word in a Batman comic book and asking Daddy what it meant. He explained that Batman and Robin were comrades.' There is no doubt, comic books have opened up the world of reading for them.'

Jay Long, owner of Heroes and Dreams: Comics and Collectibles in Flowood, says he frequently hears similar stories: 'Comic books offer one of the best ways for a child to learn to read because one half of the brain grabs the artwork and the other half grabs the words and story. It's a full reading experience.'"

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