The video above is a short clip of 9-year-old Lemar Irish Junior performance at the Calypso Show 2010. Everyone, who was at the show, was amazed at level of talent from this 9-year-old, and the way in which he brought out this message to the huge crowd.
There is a popular saying in my motherland (Russia), that â€œEvery joke has just a little part of a jokeâ€. So, I hope Dominicans got a message, because it wasnâ€™t only for children and youth, but was mostly directed to adults.
I’ve noticed that several book stores closed in Dominica during last year. Now there are only few book stores, some of which you can hardly refer to as a bookstore; because of the poor selection of books they carry. For example, in most cases there are about 12 shelves (maximum) of books in the store, 6 of which falls under fiction or love-story books (which is useless), and the other 6 shelves either pertains to cooking, local authors and text-books. That is really scary! You can hope that Dominicans order books online, but I doubt it. People do not read at all…Why?
Most adults like to blame the children and youth, who now mostly interested in other things like TV, cellphones, computer games and etc. Itâ€™s always easy to blame somebody else. But do not forget following:
When I was a very young girl, I didnâ€™t like to read. I thought that my imagination is better then any book :), so my father help to light a love for read in me. I remember everything like it was yesterday, but I will tell you only about one example. He knew I like cats a lot and at that time we had big fluffy black cat at home. From time to time, he called the cat â€œHippopotamusâ€. I thought, because it was clumsy after eating food, but at one evening my father asked me if I want to hear a story about our cat, and he read a very funny excerpt from a book. It was about huge black cat with name â€œHippopotamusâ€, which can talk and walk. It was a very interesting for me, and opened my heart to this book – at one breath I read â€œThe Master and Margaritaâ€, written by Mikhael Bulgakov. Itâ€™s a serious book about soviet regime, love, spirituality and nature of the people, but camouflaged to a very funny story about the Devil visiting Moscow.
To date, I convinced that if my father didnâ€™t show it to me the way he did, through my love to my cat â€“ I would probably never discover or understand that book. And most importantly, if he didn’t help me to discover a lot of other books, I would probably never like to read as I do now.
So, if our children do not like to read, it is not fully their fault! It is your responsibility too. If we want to build and develop this country, we need to start from encourage to reading books. Because the book is not only the door to other wonderful world, but it is the best teacher, university and source of wisdom!