The other day, Cass and I were discussing an English quiz question that her English teacher in school gave the class. It was about how a frog died and the pupils had to read a given passage to answer. The answer from her teacher was: the frog drown.
Cass was very agitated that her answer was wrong and her teacher’s answer that the frog died as it had drown was the correct one. She asked me how could a frog drown when it could live under water. Well, maybe one of these days when I am absolutely free, I’d drop by the school to ask her English teacher. 😬
Me – yes, a frog could live underwater. How could it die? It’s an amphibia”
Cass – BIAN!! B I A N!!
Me – yes amphibia
Cass – mum, it’s BIAN. AM-PHI-BIAN ok? Not amphibia. Get it?
Me – oh yes, you’re right, it’s an amphibian. Smart girl! How did you know? You study Science in Chinese in school. How do you know the word amphibian?
Cass – I read it from a book.
Me- ohhhh… that’s why it’s so important to read many books. See, you’re cleverer than me now.
I almost forgot the word is amphiBIAN because I learned Science in Malay and in Malay it is called ‘amfibia’.
Cass is a voracious reader. She reads just about any book and reading material. The other day, she foraged for old and unwanted books in a box in the storeroom and fished out a book that’s almost 3 decades old! She is now reading The Oregon Trail and finds it very interesting.
The Oregon Trail is a book that I got as a reward from my school when I obtained 6As in my SRP (equivalent to PMR and PT3 now) when I was 15 years old. That year was 1988. I did not even read the book as I found it too insipid and the words were too small. I’ve never liked any book with super small prints.
The Oregon Trail is the gripping account of Francis Parkman’s journey west across North America in 1846. After crossing the Allegheny Mountains by coach and continuing by boat and wagon to Westport, Missouri, he set out with three companions on a horseback journey that would ultimately take him over two thousand miles.
My 9-year old girl likes stories like this. Wow!
Old is gold – my prized gift from my alma mater 💝
And my reward from my dearest papa for getting 6As was my dream mini compo 😀
She even hijacked my book on the autobiography of Olivia Newton John.