Another reason to love Percy Jackson

We love Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Right now between our pet guinea pig and two creatures the kids are currently observing (a rather large toad and a butterfly with damaged wings), we have three Greek gods in our house (Apollo, Aphrodite, and Hermes). My kids interest in those Greek gods became much strongly after reading Percy Jackson.

So there’s one reason to love Percy. He (or rather Rick Riordan’s writing) inspired an interest in learning more. But now we have another reason.

For a long time I’ve had a nagging thought in the back of my head that Cameron might be dyslexic. I kept brushing it off. He is, after all, improving in reading dramatically (okay… so he’s almost 9 and still reading on a 2nd grade level… and that’s after a lot of work and practice for the last 3 1/2 years…). His writing and spelling, though, are not improving even though he can articulate the “rules.” And, so, as it turns out, he is dyslexic. Lists of signs may as well have been written to describe Cameron.

Percy Jackson, and all the other half-bloods, are dyslexic. By writing about these really cool kids who do really cool things even though some things… like reading… are a little harder for them, Rick Riordan has, in my son’s mind, made dyslexia into something not so horrible even though it comes with certain challenges. And that is definitely a reason to love Percy Jackson all the more.


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