"Chah-lee!" With a smile and a twist to his shoulders that I'll have to call bashful.
I waited a few minutes; Jim came home. Charlie was still looking at the book cover with the furry beige caterpillar.
""See, aych, ay, are, ell, eye, ee!" said Charlie. Pause. "Chah-lee!"
Later, I said to Jim, "I think he read a word from a book for the first time ever......"
"What a guy," said Jim.
Charlie took the book, held tightly in his right hand, to bed.