This week is going to be book review week. I needed to keep it simple. Last week I spent a day in the ER and most of that week recovering…this week the meds they gave me for that trip caused my blood pressure to bottom out….so we’re going super simple this week. We’re talking more Children’s books.
The medical trauma of my last week reminded me of my childhood. I spent a lot of time reading with mom since it was all that she could do with me. She was always very sick and it took years to get her stable. It was scary growing up not knowing if my mom would be there. My parents could have kept it from me, but they didn’t want to lie or keep me in the dark either, a thought which I appreciate to this day.
Still, my new issue is one of the first issues my mom had and around my age…so it’s all had me thinking about Freya and my childhood. Particularly since I couldn’t do as much with her as I usually did due to the headaches. So we just snuggled and I read to her between head bashings (via headache lol)
Anyway, as I was thinking about books that had greatly affected my childhood I started thinking about my dad. I remember the nights we read the Cremation of Sam McGee (yeah maybe not the most child appropriate tale, but still one of my favorites). I remembered this poem that his mom said to him:
To Bed to Bed Said sleepy Head
Terry a while said Slow
Put on the pot said Greedy Gut
We’ll eat before we go.
And finally, I remembered Scuppers the Sailor Dog.
It’s a Golden Book tale about a puppy who wants to be a sailor and how he goes about getting his own ship. From getting the right outfit to run his own boat to the boat itself and his room, it talks about following your dreams and exploring the world. Most importantly, the puppy was true to himself.
It’s like any Golden Book. It’s well illustrated and an easy read. It also has a good moral and ethical stand on being yourself and following your dreams.
It’s still one of my favorite books. I’ve gone through three copies of it (including ruining my father’s original story).
I know it’s a short review, but I still wanted to recommend the book.
While we’re talking childhood favorites I thought I’d list some of my other childhood favorites.
Matilda- great story about a little girl who finds a loving family. Great for any adopted kid or for any child who has ever felt unimportant to their parents.
Harriet the Spy- led me to write my own diary and watch those around me. It was also my saving grace amidst bullies and school yard trauma.
Harry Potter- It filled my mind with magic around the same time that I started my own journey into the craft and followed me all the way to college.
The Magic Tollbooth- a great story about whimsy and adventure
Xanth- It’s a full series by Piers Anthony. In each book a character or set of characters are given a quest that not only helps save the world but that helps them grow as characters. Everyone has a magical talent and the world is full of puns. It’s a great series for families to share. While it does have some adult themes, the more inappropriate ones are hidden by concepts such as the “Adult Conspiracy” Which stops children from hearing bad words and learning adult secrets…kinda wish we had that for our own children. Still, one of the first series I remember learning about on my own.
Myth- by Robert Asprin. It is the story about a wizards apprentice who is taken on a whirlwind journey far beyond what he is by a demon who loves to make money. It’s great for adventure and full of fun jokes about society and the world.
Nancy Drew- I think most of us know about the wonderful teenage sluth.
Heidi (Unabridged unless you want to loose all the messages of redemption and miss a lot of good story)
And anything by Jules Verne.
LIttle House on the Prairie
Yeah, I know I was a weird kid, but I was also reading early and we had a family policy of sharing an “adult” story….which just meant that we read bits and pieces of novels each night.
Anyway, feel free to share the books that shaped your childhood. Not only are we reminiscing, but we’re helping build a library of ideas to share with our children.