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?