In Perignano, Italy, a three-year-old can read the paper and is offering medical advice according to his father, Francesco Grillo.
His parents thought it was rote memory but self taught Ettore, 3, can read TV guides and the paper.
A doctor in a local pediatric clinic says reading usually is learned much later in school.
Francesco recounts an event when: "One day I was talking to my wife about a health problem I had."
"Ettore heard and recommended a medicine.
I checked up and saw it was right for my case."
Also the father said: "We started teaching him the alphabet for fun. We would never have imagined his ability would develop like this."