A gratifying moment during our literature discussion following read-aloud. We've just started and read a couple of short chapters from Katherine Applegate's The Wishtree.
"So what did you think of the beginning of the book?"
There is some discussion of genre, and of point view (the story is told by a tree). Then S raises her hand.
"The first chapter was really short. I think that the whole first chapter is a really great lead".
And there it is. One of those moments when you that the stuff you're trying to get across, really is getting across. A big reason to smile.