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Oh baby! Look who's reading the paper

From NBC News correspondent Janet Shamlian

When I first met Elizabeth last year, I was all but speechless. My youngest child, then 5 and in preschool, was still confusing his B's and P's, and here was a 17-month-old little girl reading words like "refrigerator" and "elephant" with ease. When I picked up a newsmagazine and pointed to the phrase "profit margin," Elizabeth could sound out the words - even if she couldn't possibly know what they meant. Her gift touched our viewers, too, as we read in hundreds of e-mails.

So we were anxious to see how she'd progressed in a year, and her parents - who have a new baby in their home - graciously welcomed us back. To say Elizabeth blew us away would be an understatement.

It must be said that Elizabeth's parents aren't eager for the notoriety the national spotlight can bring. But they came forward in hope of helping other moms and dads find information on how to nurture gifted children without overwhelming them. Among the organizations that offer free information and guidance is the nonprofit Davidson Institute.
 
As for Elizabeth, her parents say their goal, first and foremost, is for their daughter to be happy. And in most ways, she seems like a normal 2-year-old, laughing and playing. She just happens to read and knows most of the state capitals!