The Silver Fox has tagged me with a good book meme – this one required some reflection and research as it has been over two decades since I was a kid. The goal: to list five books that played an important role in your childhood, and explain why. Then you tag five other people. This will be difficult since the other people I know, who would do this, have already been tagged.
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
Good lord, did I love her books. Fantasy/sci-fi that resonated with adolescent and pre-adolescent girls. It stretched your imagination, made you want to understand physics, and made you feel good about yourself. How wonderful.
A Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
You cannot have lived in the 70’s and 80’s without having been acutely aware of the tv show, but the books were Newbery Medal winners/honorees for a reason. Actualy, Little House didn’t win an award, but On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, and Little Town on the Prairie did. I read and re-read them. All of them. Half-Pint was “everygirl” and those books were pure escape.
The Great Brain – John Fitzgerald
My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Poger, read this to the class. I could not wait for reading period every day. We would all hunker down in a corner of our class, sitting cross-legged (we called it “Indian style” back then – political correctness has since taken over) around the teacher. All I can tell you is that this book made us all laugh out loud and I hope to share it with my nephew and niece.
Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein
The only poem I’ve ever successfully memorized for life is from this book. It is called “My Beard”. Who knew that poetry could be so funny and enlightening all at once? Thank god for Silverstein.
James and The Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
His books were scary, funny and twisted. He made up words and creatures. Most adults were evil. Even his books for adults are like this – well, even darker. I’ve enjoyed and sought out many Dahl books, but I liked this book better than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
I read pretty voraciously as a kid, so it was hard to pick five. Here are others that have stayed with me:
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis. Strawberry Girl – Lois Lenski. Blubber and Are You There God? Its Me Margaret – Judy Blume. Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfield (actually, read a bunch of the ‘shoes’ series – Skating, Theater, & Dancing). The Borrowers (another series of books that I devoured) – Mary Norton. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (kind of a young girl’s Jane Eyre – and I also read A Little Princess and Little Lord Fauntleroy).
I’ve been picking out books for my nephew (age seven) for a while, now. Since I’m headed out to see them next weekend, I asked him if he’d like anything from DC. He told me, “No more books.” I’ve threatened (teased) him with only books. Really thick ones with no pictures. He knows I’m kidding, but I hope he’ll start to enjoy reading soon.
I have no one to tag (if Chewy was blogging I would ask her). Meh. I’m okay with that.