Instead of beginning with a tiny idea, the sound of a letter, she began with a big and important one, that books belong to people and could belong to her.
In time she filled this big idea with smaller but still large ideas: that books have stories locked in them; that they have written words in them,
and that the stories are somehow contained in the words,
so that somehow figuring out the words is the key to unlocking and taking possession of the stories, and that these stories can be shared with, given to other people.
–John Holt in Growing Without Schooling