Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thought for Thursday: "First Memorable Reads"

Do you remember the first book you ever read or had read to you by a parent?  While I can't remember the very VERY first book, several other "first memorable reads" come to mind.  As a little girl, my parents and grandparents would read to me, and there was nothing that made me happier than sitting on my grandpa's lap while he read The Tawny Scrawny Lion.  

Maybe it was the way my grandpa spoke and maybe it was just the brilliant colors of the pictures, but this is one book I'm happy to still have in my personal library.  

The first memorable series I remember reading was probably The Saddle Club books by Bonnie Bryant.  Yes, I read a lot of horse books back in the day, including The Black Stallion and Man O' War by Walter Farley, Beauty by Bill Wallace, Misty of Chincoteague and King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry.  However, these either weren't a consecutive series of books or I just didn't stay with the series.    

The Saddle Club was great because Carol, Stevie, and Lisa were all horse-crazy like I was (and still am).  Also, my dad seriously fed my horse-crazyness by getting me a huge stack of Saddle Club books on sale at Sam's Club one year.  Can you say book enabler? ^_~

I remember one Christmas at my grandparents in which I received a beautiful collection of stories by James Herriot.  While I'm sure I'd received books as presents before, this was the first memorable gift because it was a hardcover edition full of gorgeous pictures.  On Christmas Day, I read one of the stories to my grandpa after he'd read to me so many times.  

James Herriot's Treasury for Children has remained on my bookshelves ever since then, and I hope to read from it to my children one day.  

What books do you remember as your "first reads?"


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