Monday, March 21, 2011
I can think of three books that so influenced me when I was a kid: Dr. Seuss, The Boxcar Children, and The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature. These, of course, are the books that I devoured before I reached the pre-teen stage when I switched to reading more of the angsty stuff and, of course, many of the usual classics.
Imagine my surprise when I looked it up on Amazon. And it still existed!! Of course, they didn't have a .jpeg of the book cover (it's too old); instead they had a photo of the book cover but it didn't really matter. I still have my original, worn copy with the binding that's all but fallen off.
My sisters and I must have read all of the stories in this book a million times. We got it for Christmas one year and I remember thinking how great it was to get such a great big fat book for Christmas--a "grown-up" book because it was so thick and fat. My copy still has pages where my youngest sister drew on it with her crayons, much to my horror. But together we read about emperors with no clothes, little boys named Tom Thumb, princesses with hair that stretched the length of a castle's walls, and black-haired girls followed around by seven dwarfs.
My mother wasn't one to save a lot of stuff. With a big family, it was hard to and whenever we outgrew anything, it was immediately given away, sold in a garage sale, or recycled somehow. That's just the way she rolled. But I am so glad she didn't give away this book. I wouldn't part with it for anything.
Do you still have any of your childhood books? Ones that made a huge impact on you in some way?