A growing child needs a variety of foods to be strong and healthy; but they also require a varied reading diet to stimulate lifelong reading. A daily well- balanced reading diet may be designed using a menu with at least one serving of:
Fruits & Vegetables – Poetry
Soup – Current Events
Fish – Science/Nature
Meat – Biography/History
Dessert – Fiction
Milk – Sports/Hobbies
After-dinner mint – Comics
But what happens when reading does not go down as well as intended? Allow reading deficits to go on for too long and they can manifest into more than a dislike for reading. Not all readers are created equal but like the saying by Maimonides: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. The analogy is that offering reading strategies help readers become better readers.
So, if you want to help someone make sense of the world, give the gift of reading.
Never heard of Maimonides. I figured it was somebody like Confucius or Ben Franklin who said that.