Reading books as an adult can certainly impact and change you, but in a different way than as a child. As a child you haven’t got a filter yet. You’re becoming who you will be.
For children that are lucky enough to have the time, the resources, and the lifestyle that allows them to read, books are a transport to multiple worlds, times, to anywhere the pages can take them.
Reading through A Puffin Book: Stories That Last A Lifetime (Puffin Books), I was transported back to my childhood.
Full of excerpts, facts, and cool activities to do with children, I thought, what an appealing and fun way to introduce children to some of these classic books, and remind us children-at-heart of some treasures from our youth.
I totally recall why I’d fallen head over heels in love with Charlotte’s Web, Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little by E.B. White. The messages of friendship and overcoming hardships while being a good person, or pig, or mouse, or swan still ring true.
As a teen reading Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian, I began to think more about people, especially children, trapped in wars and conflicts.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (also loved the movie, The Secret of NIMH) helped me understand it’s important to do the right thing, even if it’s the hard thing.
I so wanted to have Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray Williams living with me…maybe still do.
Watership Down by Richard Adams made me think about truth and who knows what truth is the truth, or if it’s just your or my truth. Or maybe sometimes a rabbit is just a rabbit. https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/01/10/watership-down/
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende while a lovely story, is not 100% accurate, it ended.
I can’t fully describe how much I loved The Borrowers series by Mary Norton. It endlessly entertained, and helped clarify what I was learning about differences and tolerance.
Anne of Green Gables,
James and the Giant Peach,
Annie, A Dog So Small,
The Worst Witch,
Stig of the Dump,
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Island of the Blue Dolphins,
Robin Hood, Treasure Island, A Wrinkle in Time,
Percy Jackson, Pippi Longstocking,
Wind in the Willows, Black Beauty,
The Cay, Little Women, Meg & Mog,
Wizard of Oz https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/04/04/happy-birthday-wizard-of-oz/
Little House on the Prairie,
Chronicles of Narnia, Matilda,
Ballet Shoes, Sherlock Holmes,
Dracula, Dr. Dolittle, The First Year,
Mary Poppins https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/07/12/saving-mr-banks/
Alice in Wonderland,
The Very Hungry Caterpillar,
Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl,
ok, just realized I’m including titles not even in this book.
I guess I just never realized how many Puffin books I’ve read in my lifetime, and how lucky to be able to share them with my son.
Wait, I can’t forget The Velveteen Rabbit – loving makes everything real.
I hope these stories that made me laugh, cry, took me away, flew so high, made me think, want, wonder, worry, dream, hope, and care, are still being read by children of all ages.
I had two childhoods, the one I lived in the pages of books, and the other with my family and friends when I would crawl out of my books.
Any favourite books, from childhood or beyond?
I loved all the Little Golden Books.
Books you read as a child made it seem like anything was possible and since I already believed that, well, I didn’t even consider them fictional.
Diane Muldrow, an experienced editor of the Little Golden Books classic series offers this shamelessly promotional yet strangely endearing memory feast for anyone of any age.
This has helpful tips, reminders of what’s really important, and just a general nudge toward the simpler things in life from a time when life at least seemed simpler. It’s all pretty much summed up within these pages.
I have been awarded The Dragon’s Loyalty Award.
I can’t tell you how wonderful this feels, Dawn who blogs at: Writer and Yoga enthusiast living with a chronic illness http://dawnyhosking.wordpress.com/ and others who nominated me and all the other bloggers, readers, etc. who have made me feel at home in this strange new world of blogging.
Check out Dawn’s blog and if you’re not following already, you don’t know what you’re missing. You get: Fibro musings; inspiration; Haiku poems that really make you think and make me wish to try to write them and then after yet another jumbled attempt I give up and think, that’s a lot harder that it looks; moments of passion (she’s working on a novel, there’s quite a few of us who can’t wait); and you always get amazing insights and sense from this Fibro Fighting Warrior Goddess. I always look forward to her posts.
The philosophy of the award is: “The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal fan/commenter, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or just someone who follows and comments regularly”.
There are some rules that one must follow in order to fully accept the award and they are as follows:
1. Firstly, display the Award on your site (see Award page or sidebar!) You earned it and you deserve it!
2. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your acceptance post;
3. Nominate 15 well-deserving bloggers for the Award and let them know the wonderful news by sending them a message on their site;
4. List 7 interesting facts about yourself
7 Possibly Interesting Facts About Me, but at least if not, they’re true…
I used to be a Goth Punk Girl, black lipstick, skeletons dangling from various places…some days I miss it. I’m a political junkie. I once swallowed a wasp and felt bad for him. I love movies and TV, Jane Austen for the escape, horror for the thrill, comedy for the laughs, romance for sighs, mystery for the mystery, Christmas for the schmaltz and so on, I have eclectic tastes. I’m a chocoholic. I don’t like the sun, it’s hot. I love reading, one might say I’m addicted, books make me happy. 🙂
This was difficult cause a few of my top commenters are already up for this award on Dawn’s amazing blog so I’m including them anyway because they’ve been so supportive…and to some of my stalwart readers.
Thank you for reading my Vague Meanderings. Believe it or not, I do edit, a lot, but more keeps pouring out.
I enjoy their blogs as well so good to pass the loyalty on. Here are the nominees for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award:
Rose Pigott, not a blogger but reads and comments, thanks!
Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far. I’ve actually gotten so much more out of this than I realized. I’m endlessly entertained by all kind of wonderful, smart, witty and insightful people. I’ve awed and amazed at the strength of people. And the kindness. The generosity. The acceptance. The laughter and the tears. And most of all, the hope. Thank you all. If anyone doesn’t wish to accept the award, not a problem, just know that I appreciate you.
I have also been nominated for this award by the lovely, loyalty and hilarious ex-pat Canadian Cher who lives in Chicago, but also keeps us up-to-date on her adventures. You should find and follow her blog at http://thechicagofiles.wordpress.com/
Thank you. Sorry, but the awards as lovely as they are just take up so much time.