Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Do You Remember the Magic of Your First Book?

First Book is an organization that provides free, new books to needy children. Go to their website to record "What Book Got You Hooked?" and to vote for the state that you would like to receive 50,000 new books for kids from First Book. Voting is open until midnight on September 15. While you are there you can read all of the interesting entries so far! Nothing is required to participate but you are welcome to donate if you like.

Here are two of my favorites. The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary by P.D. Eastman (Dr. Seuss) is the first book I ever read myself. It is a fantastic book for children that are just learning to read.

Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards is the story of an orphan girl who discovers an abandoned house when she climbs over the back wall of the orphanage. She returns repeatedly, each time trying to do a little something to make it her own. She weeds the garden and tries to clean up the interior. It is her own special place and in her imagination it is the coziest home in the world. Then wonderful things start to happen. Each time she returns something has really been fixed, furniture and delicious food appear. Can she keep her secret from the other orphans? And who is her secret helper? It is a lovely story that remains one of my favorites to this day.


Stephanie said...

Oh, I LOVED Mandy when I was young. I actually found a copy in a thrift store a few months ago- or maybe a month ago, I lose track of time- and picked it up. Such a sweet story. :)

The Tome Traveller said...

I re-read it recently after many years, it was as good as I remembered!

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Bibliophile, Anglophile, Traveller... I have been an avid reader all of my life, since I took the Dr. Seuss Dictionary away from my Mom when I was less than a year old because I wanted to read it myself. In college, where I earned my degree in English Literature, I was often asked "What are you going to do with it?" Now I finally have the answer to that question!!! Being employed as a Flight Attendant for twenty years has given me a lot of life experience and, better still, a lot of time to read. I love to travel for fun, too.