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Book Meme

Big A, little a passed on a book meme to the kidlitosphere and as a card-carrying member (where is that card anyway?), I will participate, even though I generally freeze at these sort of things. Whenever I am asked about books in this way — my favorites, cool girls, cool boys, best American books of the last 25 years, great teachers, whatever — my mind goes blank. I have to walk along the library shelves to get any ideas at all. I’m also pretty fixated on whatever I just finished reading, so it’s hard to remember much else.

But I’ve walked around the library and I’ve delved deep in my soul, and this is what I’ve got.
  1. One book that changed your life?
    When I was in fifth grade, an adult saw me reading Winnie-the-Pooh and commented what a sophisticated book it was. It left me with a lifelong appreciation of the humor in Winnie-the-Pooh that I think many kids miss because they think the book is too young for them. It also gave me a firm conviction not to rush kids into older books, so when they do read a book they will appreciate it.

  2. One book you have read more than once?
    As a child I read most of my books several times. The most recent book I read twice was The Tail of Emily Windsnap. Which I read again because I wanted to read the sequel. Which wasn’t that great. Oh well.

  3. One book you would want on a desert island?
    If I could take the trilogy, then The Lord of the Rings. It’s complicated enough to keep my mind and imagination busy.

  4. One book that made you laugh?
    The Junie B. Jones series always make me laugh out loud, especially if I listen to them on CD. See more on this topic in the upcoming Edge of the Forest.

  5. One book that made you cry?
    The Yearling. Stupid fawn book.

  6. One book you wish had been written?
    I wish that the books that have been written recently had been available when I was a kid. I think I missed out.

  7. One book you wish had never been written?
    If you’re a reader of my blog, you’ll know the answer. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Stupid bunny book.

  8. One book you are currently reading?
    Kids’ books I generally finish in one sitting, so I’m not in the middle of any right now. Next on the list is Bass Ackwards.

  9. One book you have been meaning to read?
    The Book Thief, since everyone raves about it. But it is so long, that I haven’t been ready to commit to it. I never got past the fourth Harry Potter either, and I keep thinking that I will go back and finish the series.

  10. Now tag five people:
    I believe we’re keeping this in the kidlitosphere, but if anyone from my blogroll wants to join in, please do.
Category: 3 comments


Liz B said...

I love, love, love what you have to say about Winnie the Pooh.

Anonymous said...

I think Winnie the Pooh is the best read-aloud book I've ever encountered. I'd read the stories myself, but I started reading them to my son--I don't know how old he was, but way past the Disney Winnie-the-Pooh stage (which he was never that into). We still, occasionally, pull it out--and he's 10. I'm pretty sure he curled up with it himself just last year. The books are incredibly clever and funny.

Side note--there are two incredible audio books of the Pooh stories out there. (ISBN# 1859986501 & 1840320028, Judi Dench is one of the narrators.) When you listen to it, you just GET that the Monty Python cast grew up on Winnie the Pooh. The scene where Pooh is looking for Rabbit, and Rabbit doesn't want Pooh to know he's there (the one that ends up with Pooh getting stuck in Rabbit's door)--is pure Monty Python. "Is that Rabbit?" "No, I don't think so." "It sounds like Rabbit." "No, no, not Rabbit!" (Major paraphrase!)

Anonymous said...

I think I may read some of Winnie the Pooh this year to my students. Thanks for the reminder. I finally posted my book meme answers.