Friday, July 28, 2006

Everyone Wins

I'll admit it. Her large, blonde wig and flamboyant mode of dress once made me question her image. But I take it all back now.

Dolly Parton is my hero, and she's helping the cause of book promotion in a very commendable way. She's turning children into book lovers and promoting the cause of literacy. When families read together, they're on the right path, and everyone wins.

And Dolly Parton is doing more than her fair share to help the cause of getting kids and their adult family members hooked on books.

An article in the Mountain Times Online tells about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library which is the brainchild of the Dollywood Foundation. Their idea is to get really young children -- from birth to two-years-old -- involved in books. Parents will be able to register their children to receive free books (that sponsors will provide for $30 per year, per child).

And -- voila! That simply, a new generation of readers (and, okay, potential book buyers) will be created.

It's nice to hear some good news, for a change. Dolly, thank you. And I'll never snicker when I see you wearing that wig again, because I'm getting a sense of the wonderful mind that lives inside of it.

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