One of the things I loved most about my childhood was the exposure to books. My Mom was an avid reader and passed on to me the love of books. There were a few books from my childhood which really stand out, and I'm sure, helped shape me into the person I am today.
The first of these books is, Sound of Mystery by Bill Martin Jr. This was one of my sisters school books, but it became a very important book for me. I remember laying on the carpet, looking at the book, making up stories that went with the pictures. Not being able to read yet, I would fall into the illustrations of cities and amusement parks, and get lost in their wonder. I think I love pattern so much because of this book. It also has the scariest story I had ever heard, up until this time, "The Shinny Bone". The cover of the book always intrigued me, and as you may know, I have a very ghoulish side to me.
Here are a few of my very favorite pages....
A few other books that thrilled this little mind of mine were, What Time Is It, which had a lenticular cover and the pictures were of posed puppets. I love this book.
Anther story that I loved was Little Black Sambo. I really loved this story, and the sweet little pictures that accompanied the story. The idea of tigers running around a tree, faster & faster, until they turner into butter! WOW! Can it really be? Maybe that's why I love pancakes with butter to this day! Sambo's problem solving skills amaze me even today.
This is the book we had, that housed the Little Black Sambo story.
There are so many wonderful books that are part of me. I have been able to save and keep track of many of my books, and those I did loose, I've replaced.
I wonder if kids today read much. I mean, most little kids that I know under age 7 have their own iPads. One can only hope that they fall into the world of books, by opening one up.