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Arne Duncan's Childhood Reading

by Susan Ohanian

In a video interview with Scholastic Kids Press Corps Arne Duncan reveals that he was lucky enough to have parents who read to him. He listed some of his childhood favorites: Tolkein, Moby Dick, Charlotte's Web, Huckleberry Finn. Tom Sawyer.
Then he added, "That's how we spent time as a family."

Zowie! Moby Dick!

Admittedly, one of the principles I live by is that nobody under age 40 should try to read Moby Dick. I suffered through it in college and then, at age 42, tried it again and discovered it's a great book. Maybe I'm just a late bloomer.

My dad read the Uncle Wiggily stories to me because his mother had read them to him. He also read stories from the Saturday Evening Post and Readers Digest Condensed Books aloud. Maybe this is why Arne Duncan has high political office and I'm just a hack freelancer. We didn't even have a copy of Moby Dick in the house.

— Susan Ohanian



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