By reading, you learn the craft and intrinsically internalize techniques, skills, and approaches that resonate with you and your own writing. It's like studying a painting--the strokes and artistry speak to you and you learn from them.
With no effort whatsoever-- my imagination took off. I could see everything she read. The wonderful peach tree, the hill, ladybug, the caterpillar...it was all right there in front of me. It was more than magical. It was a gift she provided without even realizing.
don't know about you but I love to reread books. My hubby doesn't get it. After he reads a book he gets rid of it (collection sigh of horror!)--I know, I know...sheer craziness if you ask me. If I have a book it's a lifelong commitment--that's my reality.