I was in a mood and donated TWO children’s books – my favorite growing up and my son’s favorite as well.
I can’t remember NOT reading. Really. My earliest memories are of books. When I was 3, my grandmother subscribed me to the Dr Seuss book club and I got a new one every month! It was a gift for me every month and you know I loved it! When my siblings arrived, I would hide! REALLY! My favorite place to read was the closet. With the door shut and a flashlight, so no one would know I was in there. That has probably contributed to my vision problems today.
That and reading at night in the car, with the book held up to the headlights of the car or truck behind us.
I had a lot of books I adored: The Pokey Little Puppy, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, to name a few, but my ABSOLUTE MOST favorite was Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
My mother swears she hid the book, but I would find it every time.
The story is about an unnamed creature, who is enjoying his life of peace and quiet. And reading. I’ll call him Mr Reading Dude.
Somehow, however, his quiet abode is infiltrated and invaded – kind of like small children all of a sudden afoot!
He’s pretty persistent.
And his name is Sam.
Sam like to eat interesting and different dishes.
Repeat after me – N A U S E A T I N G
Personally, green food is obviously mold-ridden. Speak not to me of green beans (ick) peas (EW!) Brussell Sprouts
Really. Do NOT speak to me of brussell sprouts. Broccoli is okay, if it comes with lots of cheese.
Either way, Sam is pretty dang persistent. Obnoxious. Rude, even. He chases our poor Reader Dude all over creation.
Actually, it’s more like stalking. Poor Reader Dude is very adamant he will NOT eat the moldy food. And to be honest, I think he’s more patient that I. I would have hauled out Ole Bessie and put buckshot in Sam’s behind by this point!
Eventually, after chasing poor Reader Dude through the rain and houses and mouses and goats and boats and planes and trains and automobiles (that was a fine movie, btw) poor Mr. Reader Dude agrees to try them if Sam will just SHUT UP AND GO AWAY!
Now I’m not going to give away the ending, but the fact is – and my mother will attest to this – I am absolutely the pickiest eater in the world. Diets go notoriously wrong because of it.
Although, I am cultivating a taste these days for Greek Yogurt. But that’s neither here or there.
So I identify with Mr. Reader Dude. Give me my books and my Do Si Do Girl Scout Cookies – which I gave up for Lent (not really. My doctor kinda threatened me with insulin shots if I don’t do something drastic. Hence my cultivating a taste for Greek Yogurt. It just doesn’t stick to the ribs, y’know?)
But either way – THAT was my favorite book as a young child, back in the Stone Ages.
I have been very privileged to introduce the joys of reading to my son. I have always thought that a child who is read to, will read. So I was reading to him when he was still in the hospital. (He was a very very sick newborn and did not come home for 10 days) When I learned I was pregnant, I began to buy up the lovely little Golden Books and dug out the few Dr Seuss’s I had left. I hit the used book store and purchased them. Spawn had a VERY impressive library by the time he came home and my husband (now ex) thought I was insane, reading to a one week old baby!
But it paid off.
3 weeks after he started attending a Mother’s Morning Out, his teacher met me at the car, while we loaded him up and said – ‘We found out what Spawn’s favorite book was today!’
I’m thinking – oh? Which one? There are a few…
She responds “Are you My Mother? He grabbed it off the shelf and read it to the whole class! He even did the sound effects! It was impressive!” She closed the door and waved. “Bye!”
I was in shock. See, we didn’t have ‘Are you my Mother?’ And Spawn was only 2 and a half.
So, I hit several used book stores until we found ‘Are you my Mother’ by P D Eastman (and several others, tbh) And he read it to me. Complete with sound effects.
At that point, he read to me as much as I read to him.
Funny side story – I dated a lovely man when Spawn was going into Kindergarten and he would read to Spawn. Actually, Spawn was a better reader and corrected his pronunciation at times. I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry.
Either way! Spawn had certain books he liked for certain people to read. Example – he loved for my brother to read Fox in Socks. It’s a tongue twister and Schmoe was really good at spitting out ‘When tweedle beetles battle with their paddles in a puddle and they battle in the puddle with a poodle eating noodles…
But for me (and my mom) his favorite was Go Dog Go!
Let me tell you something – these dogs know HOW to throw a party! They party in trees, they party in boats, they race, they Go Go Go! The sun is up! GO DOGS GO! They are always on the Go. It’s exhausting!
Halfway through the book, they go to sleep!
It’s sooooo peaceful after they have been on the go go go!
Shut yer eyes, ya mongrel!
It would be nice if the book ended there, but it doesn’t. Many times, my mom and I tried to end it there, but Spawn wasn’t buying it! He knew there were still a gazillion pages left
Interspersed through out the book, are two dogs, clearly meant to be in love. Thing is, they are always going in opposite directions and for some odd reason, she needs his approval on her new hat.
And he doesn’t like them.
it’s understandable why she gets a bit huffy, but you know, some things, you shouldn’t ask a guy about.
Her last hat however, is a doozy!
And again, I won’t give away the last 2 pages.
Two days ago, I donated 2 books to a church charity. They’ll go to good homes. The last time we were on the coast, Spawn parted with 32 books from his childhood – mostly upper elementary and middle grades – there was a series with the Jack Russel Terrier who tagged along with the Count of Monte Cristo and other notable classics.
But none of the Dr Seuss’s, or my original copy of The Poky Little Puppy. We kept them. He says someday he’ll have children and he’ll read them to them.
Like I read them to him.
PS: Did you know Dr. Seuss wrote a fairy tale for adults??? I own it! And I love it. I don’t think Spawn will be getting it any time soon!
I refer to it as Bare Naked Ladies. 🙂