Being told stories and being read to leads children to develop the rich storehouse of language, grammar and vocabulary they need to bring to texts when learning to read and write.
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The eagle and the giraffe
Long, long ago, Giraffe was best friends with Eagle.
One morning, when the two friends were at the waterhole, Eagle asked Giraffe,
“What do you think is at the bottom of this waterhole?”
Giraffe thought for a while. “Well, Hippo says there’s a spirit down there, but I’ve never seen her,” she replied.
“I dare you to jump in and find out!” said Eagle.
Now, Giraffe was very frightened of the water, but she didn’t want her friend to know that...