When I was a little kid, I fell in love with a book and read it so many times that I nearly memorized the first page. Here’s the book’s opening line:
Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.
Do you know what book it’s from? It’s the first sentence of the children’s classic Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White.
Now go back and read that opening line again. It really grabs your attention, doesn’t it?
It certainly grabbed mine when I was a kid. Just like Fern, I wondered why in the world her dad was heading out with an ax. Was he going to chop down a tree or, heaven forbid, kill someone? [Read more…]