My childhood reading

I think I will intersperse posts on the ancestors with posts about me -- if the Internet is forever, then some day a young girl or boy will be looking for information on the family, and maybe I'll be an ancestor they want to know about!

Over at The Book of Me Project, they're suggesting that family history bloggers write about their childhood reading -- were you a reader? What did you like?  What did reading mean to you?

Well, this is a topic that is right up my alley.  I started reading at the age of four, and haven't stopped yet!  My earliest memories are kind of vague -- Golden Books, for sure, like "The Poky Little Puppy" and I remember one that was about Rootie Kazootie and Polka Dottie, I think.

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I read many, many books as a child -- so much so that my mom would say, "Get your nose out of that book and go get some fresh air!"  So I would take my book outside and read there.

Of course, I loved the Nancy Drew books!  Starting with "The Secret of the Old Clock," I read every one, waiting for them to come out much as today's readers waited for the next installment of Harry Potter.  My mom and I used to go to a big store -- Dayton's?  Donaldson's? -- that had the books on a mezzanine.  We'd climb those stairs to get to the next Nancy Drew book.

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Oh, how I wanted to be Nancy, in her snappy blue roadster!  So many adventures -- 

The next set of books I loved was "The Borrowers" -- I loved the tiny people who lived under the floor and "borrowed" little things from the people to furnish their house.  So cute!

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And . . . Pippi Longstocking, of course!  I think Pippi was a protofeminist role model, as was Nancy Drew, I guess.  But while Nancy was bound by the "nice girl" (though also brave and smart girl) restrictions, Pippi was wild and free.  Her spirited, exuberant approach to life can still be a model for all of us.

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The last children's series I loved, before I turned to more adult books, was Edward Eager's books about magic -- "Half Magic," "Magic by the Lake," "Time Garden," "Knight's Castle," "Magic or Not,"  and so on.  They always involved a group of children who discover some kind of magical implement and have amazing adventures.  I was so sad when I came to the end of the series and there were no more adventures for me to have!

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You may be wondering where a couple of things are that should have been in the list:  Winnie the Pooh, and the Narnia books.  I did read those, but strangely wasn't introduced to them until I was in middle school by my best friend.  They were wonderful even at that age.

What did reading mean to me?  Everything.  I was a kind of weird child, smart and awkward and younger than everyone else, so reading allowed me to escape and to be anything I wanted to be.  And of course, like many children, I longed to have the characters step out of my favorite books and be my friends, protect me from bullies, make me feel as if I belonged to something.

So, that's my reading list from childhood.  Adolescence would be another thing altogether!  Did you read any of my books?  What's on your list?

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