As a child I read so many books(and was read to before i could read myself) that it is difficult to pick only one.AS a very young child I loved"When we were very Young" and "Now We are six" by AA Milne. my favorite poem at that tender young age was "geraniums red and delphiniums blue"
AS I got older "Alice in Wonderland" and Through the Looking Glass" were my favorites.Living in a constant world of imagination anyway,the story of Alice facinated me..how she could drink something and grow big or small to be able to control ones size like that,,how she could attend a mad tea party(making me think of a madder tea party going on now) with a disappearing cat,a sleepy doormouse,a stoned caterpillar with his hookah of delight,and of course The REd Queen,who scared me terribly.But I liked to be sacred in books becasue it reflected my own family environment which was full of chaos and violence and fear,so it rang true.WE had a mirror over our mantel,and I pictured going through that mirror to a parallel world(even wrote a poem about this once)and I saw it as a kind of refuge from the terror I felt a good bit of the time.
There was also a story about the inside of a cuckoo clock,but I cant remember the author,only that the little cuckoo lived in there with his family,and I saw in my mind a little couch and a desk and chairs,a tiny living room,which was my favorite room in our house,because that was where my parents were most calm,reading and listening to music after dinner and I could be a cloud moving across the blue rug,while DEbussy's "clouds" played on the record player!
All the Beatrix Potter books were well loved in my home,too,and my favorite was "The Tailor of Glocerster".My Dad was a wonderful reader with lots of drama,and I learned to read the same way to my own kids and grandkids! I memorized whole passages from my favorite books:
Jonathan Joe had a mouth like an "O'
and a wheelbarrow full of surprises,
it might be a bat,
or somethig like that,
he has it,whatever the size is"
My love of reading never waned.My parents did give me that gift,and for that I am thankful.
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