Sharing a piece of my childhood

standard August 14, 2006 3 responses

I am excited to participate in a big “linky-extravaganza” hosted by the Lovely Mrs. Davis. She is so excited about the start of the 37th season of Sesame Street (who isn’t really?) that she wants 37 bloggers to write a special post in the new season’s honor. She has asked us to write about what television, music, movie or book from our childhood we are excited to share with our children.

When I read this assignment there was no doubt in my mind that I had to talk about what books I’ll be sharing with C. I’ve admitted the extent of my tv adiction, but I grew up in another country and C won’t get to watch the same tv shows I watched. Music has never been all that important to me. I’ll let her musician daddy show her all of those ropes. But books? Books I know.
It seems that I have somehow already passed on a love of reading to this offspring of mine. She loves to sit and read book after book. She constantly asks for books, and book is one of the six signs that she knows. The next part is going to be fun. I’m going to get to re-read some of my favorite books with her, or at least get to watch her read them.
At first I could only think of a few books that I wanted to mention, but the more I think of it, the more I can think of. C’s Amazon wishlist is growing by the minute!

To start with, I want to find her the entire Trixie Belden series. Everyone knows about Nancy Drew, but Trixie was more my kind of heroine. She was gutsy and tomboyish and had tons of fun with her friends. I tore through those books one after another. Even today I can still taste the excitement at the thought of one unread one discovered at the bottom of the pile.
Another great series of books I can’t wait to have C discover are the Shoe books written by Noel Streatfield. They might not be a series per se, but they are an amazing group of books that I truly feel helped me get through some tough pre-teen times. (Does anyone remember when the Meg Ryan character recommended these books in You’ve Got Mail?)
Of course she’s going to have to read all of Enid Blyton’s boarding school stories. Ironically, unlike both of my sisters, I never went to boarding school, but I never stopped wishing I could. All those pranks and and adventures!
Lest that you all should think that I only ever read books that are part of a series (who me?) I’ll mention at least two other, non serial, books that I will definitely be passing on to C. At least one of these is already on her shelves, Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer. I read and re-read this book so many times that it’s falling appart. It’s a great book about time travel and true friendship.
The last book I’ll mention is a book called “The Horse in the House”. I do not know who the author is, which will make it a little hard to track down. But I often think of this book and I really want C to be able to read it someday. Something about the friendship between the girl and her horse was really special.

The more I research these books, the more books I remember. I can’t wait to watch C discover the books that I loved, but more importantly, I can’t wait to watch her discover the books that she’ll love.

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  • I just picked up Ballet Shoes STRICTLY BASED on the You’ve Got Mail scene..hehe.. I’ve yet to read it though..

  • I loved Trixie Belden, too! She seemed so much more human than Nancy Drew.

  • I forgot all about Trixie Belden! I liked her a lot too — the events in her books always seemed more real than those in Nancy Drew (less stilted, maybe because it was more modern). ‘Course as a fellow Nancy maybe I should have kept that to myself. 😉

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