Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Books from Childhood

Did anybody not love Goodnight Moon? Now that I'm a mommy, I read it every day. At least twice, but usually more than that; plus reciting it from memory while George turns the pages as I unload the dishwasher, put on make-up, walk through the house, eat... you get the idea. But I remember loving it too. Something about the simple rhythms and rhymes.

But really, I find the "goodnight nobody" page a bit unnerving. Just me?

If you look closely at the picture, you'll see the corners of the book are cut. That's because Emma used to chew on this book. She chewed on a lot of books. Luckily, she grew out of that, because I hate to throw out books, even the chewed ones.

Following Glynis' example, I've started reading Charlotte's Web to Emma. That was another one of my favorites as I got a bit older. Emma is fascinated by it, because she's had the movie for a couple of years. It actually is very true to the book, down to the smallest bit of dialogue. (Charlotte's Web II is a travesty of animation, don't waste your time or money.)

I loved, and still own, all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Chronicles of Narnia, Louisa May Alcott's books, Shel Silverstein poetry (especially the book "The Giving Tree", makes me cry every time), The Poky Little Puppy, and so many more. They all sit on Emma and George's shelves now, along with countless others. I can't wait to read some of them again with my kids. In fact, I'm going to go dig out the Narnia books, I want to read those again now!


glynis said...

I agree with you that I never understood the 'goodnight nobody' page either. But it is nonetheless a wonderful children's book.

Dave said...

We went through the entire Little House series with Kelly a couple of years ago, and went through the Narnia series last year. Great stuff. Now we're on a Nancy Drew jag.

Tiffers said...

Narnia books are such a great read for ANY age. I use our cd's for road trip even better than movies, they keep kiddos quiet and interested!

loonyhiker said...

I've never read Goodnight Moon but will check it out of the library this summer. I love Shel Silverstein poetry and use them when I teach a poetry unit to my class. I'm also ready to reread Narnia this summer.

faery-wings said...

You have given ypour kids a great gift- a love for books. You have them started ona great collection.

Stacey said...

I lvoe reading Goodnight Moon with the boys, but I don't recall ever reading it as a child. I love Narnia.