TLR Assistant Editor Elizabeth Jaeger writes on Tom Sawyer for The Literary Explorer
The Literary Review’s Assistant Editor Elizabeth Jaeger writes on “Reading Tom Sawyer: A Shared Experience” for The Literary Explorer: an ongoing series by Thomas E. Kennedy and Walter Cummins, FDU MFA faculty.
After the tour, we stopped in the gift shop so that my son could claim his prize, a lollipop for finding all the designated items in the house. While browsing, he stopped to look at the refrigerator magnets. His eyes caught sight of Tom Sawyer whitewashing a fence and his fingers snatched the magnet. Turning to me he exclaimed, “I need this. This was in the book. The book we read. I have to have it because it will remind me of you, because you read me this book.”
How could I say no? We planned the trip to appease me, but his enthusiasm far exceeded mine. And I was happy to have had someone with whom I could share the experience.