For the last three years I’ve been working on and off on a11/9/2021, 9:02:48 PM
For the last three years I’ve been working on and off on a small personal book project. When I was in elementary school we not only had personal reading time each day, but we also all sat down as a class on the floor after recess while the teacher read to us. It began as picture books and graduated to chapter books as we grew. . Anyway, I lived for this time of day and even all these years later, there are still some stories that remain in my head because they made an impact on me while I listened. Whether it was because it was magical, or I learned a lesson from it… I remember many of these stories often, actually. . So I decided a couple years ago to start hunting down these books from my school reading time. The hard thing is at the time I didn’t always pay attention to the title, or I forgot it after 20+ years. So, armed with just snippets of memory I’ve been hitting Google hard, trying to figure out what these books are called by Googling descriptions or particular scenes that I remember. This has proved really difficult for some books and has miraculously been effective for others. . The Farthest Away Mountain. The Afternoon of the Elves. High Rise Glorious, Skittle Scat Roarious, Sky Pie Angle Food Cake. (How was that for a mouthful) The 100 Dresses. The Fairy Rebel… These are just a few that I’ve tracked down. Many of these are no longer being printed and I’ve been able to buy used or old library copies. . The most interesting part of all is having this clear memory of the book as I heard it as a kid, and then reading it as an adult. The experience is some times extremely different. (Like when I realized that The Afternoon of the Elves was not about actual elves, like I thought. But a kid basically fending for herself because her mother was terminally ill.) It’s been a fun project to get these books into my home. . What are some books that you remember strongly from childhood? Or at what lengths have you gone to seek out a specific book or edition?