This week’s question from Julie is:
What were your favorite books as a child, specifically in your elementary school years?
In my younger years, I was a bookworm. (I wonder what happened to that person?) I loved leafing through the pages of the encyclopedia, and most especially one old version of the Reader’s Digest World Almanac that belonged to my grandfather. I really did not read at first; I just enjoyed looking at maps, colorful pictures of animals, plants, people and precious stones. The fascination with pictures soon turned to fascination with words. I enjoyed learning new things, reading new words.
When I was in Grade 1, an aunt from the US gave me my first Cinderella story book. Dad decided to teach me how to read with it. So patiently, we read Cinderella together, over and over. It got to a point where I was able to memorize whole sentences so I was not actually reading anymore. Dad noticed. He is more clever
than I am, so one day, instead of starting with page 1, he turned to the last page. We began reading in reverse! LOL
Still while in 1st Grade, Dad taught me how to use the dictionary. I pretty soon got the hang of it, so each time I came across a new word, I’d quickly look it up. Well, today it helps whenever my kids (or hub) ask word meanings or I’m playing online scrabble.
The first pocket book I remember reading from cover to cover is The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint Exupery) when I was in Grade 3. I loved it, and enjoyed the Little Prince’s fantasy world/s. It was where I learned that a boa constrictor could swallow a whole elephant! The hat illustration is still so vivid on my mind. The rest of the story, though, is now just a blur.
Read other participants of this weekly meme at Julie’s GreenBucks.