X-ray expert

Here’s a story about my oldest granddaughter, then age five, told to me by her parents (also known as my son and daughter-in-law).

One night while watching the game show Jeopardy! an answer came up about a substance to be swallowed before a certain kind of X-ray.

Our then-kindergartener instantaneously responded: “What is barium?”

Which is correct.

“How do you know that?” asked the astonished parents.

“It’s in Franna’s Curious George book,” said my granddaughter.

And so it is. I’ve read it to her countless times.

George being prepped for an X-ray after swallowing a puzzle piece in Curious George Goes to the Hospital,
Margret and H.A. Rey, 1966.

She never tires of this book and asks me to read it to her even now when, at age seven, she can read anything she wants on her own. My son once found one of his theology books in her bed.

I recall that that one of the greatest Jeopardy! champs of all time, James Holzhauer, said that he prepared for the show by reading children’s books in the library: “I don’t know why more people don’t do it.”

My little X-ray expert’s future looks so promising.

Lord, let me be here to see it.


with thanks to Two Writing Teachers for the monthlong Slice of Life Story Challenge

20 thoughts on “X-ray expert

  1. Your slice, and your granddaughter’s love of Curious George harkens me back to my childhood. When I was her age I adored the stories of the man with the big yellow hat and his monkey.

    This is such a sweet family slice.

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  2. How great is this!? I can just imagine the looks on your son and daughter-in-law’s faces! I love that the Jeopardy champ prepared for the show by reading children’s books at the library. Another testimony to the power of picture books!

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  3. Fran, I was in the children’s book section of our library yesterday, scouring the shelves for blooms and fairies and verses about both. There is nothing quite like children’s books to help us understand even complex things, I agree. This slice tells what an amazing grandparent does to impart the love of books and language to her grandchildren – – what a powerful reminder to read, and I love the quote you blended in from Jeopardy. I agree with him – – the way to learn is to read children’s books. What are some of your all-time favorites? I’m curious.

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    • Oh my, Kim – how much space do I have here? My childhood favorites were the Narnia Chronicles, the Little House books (now controversial, but I so identified with Laura and was mesmerized by life in pioneer days), Seuss (also controversial now, but I loved all the wordplay), Grimm’s fairy tales, an anthology called Mostly Magic, and lots of biographies. My favorite of those was entitled Helen Keller’s Teacher; I was awed by Annie before I “met” Helen. I could make a separate list of picture books now…


    • What children absorb is amazing – they have the most fascinating insights. My granddaughter has loved Curious George all of her life. Two or three years in a row, she wanted – and got – a Curious George birthday cake!

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  4. Scout reminds me of my oldest granddaughter, Sierra. She shares the same curiosity, love of words, and reading books. You have to love what children say, especially when it is a total surprise. Have a great weekend, Fran.

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