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3/14/2006

WORDS THAT MAKE US

As part of the National Education Association's Read Across America program, the pre-school two of my kids go to twice a week for a few hours is having parents read their favorite book to their child's class.

So this morning I'm off to Mrs.Barbara's classroom with "It's Hard To Be Five" by Jamie Lee Curtis and "The Peace Book" by Todd Parr in my backpack. These are Gabriella's favorites though (she's five). And they're pretty good. But my favorite books when I first started enjoying to read, somewhere around third grade I think, were poetry books by Shel Silverstein like "A Light In The Attic" and "Where The Sidewalk Ends" and his opus tale of sacrificial love "The Giving Tree."

I still have parts of his prose memorized. And I can't help but wonder if what I read way back then had something to do with making me who I am today. And this makes me wonder if reading "Everybody Poops" and "The Gas We Pass:The Story Of Farts" to my son every night is really such a good idea.

What words made you?

16 Comments:

Blogger Hale-Yeah! said...

I liked reading Judy Blume books when I was really young. "tales of a fourth grade nothing" and "superfudge" are two I remember. My wife still laughs at me because I read, "hello God, it's me Margaret" and had no idea what the book was about until we had, "the sex talk" at school that year.

Another book that I still remember loving was "the Hatchet" by Gary Paulson.

Makes me want to go back and read them again.

3/14/2006  
Blogger Amy said...

It's funny...we were talking about books we read as kids in my Education class today...

Harriet the Spy was definitely a favorite...and when I was little little...it was The Pop-up Mice of Mr. Brice

3/14/2006  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Elephants make a big poop.

Guess it's not so cool that I, along with my three year old class at work, have "Everyone Poops" memorized.

A personal favorite, other than "The Giving Tree," is "Are You My Mother?"

3/14/2006  
Anonymous keith said...

I had a lot of Golden Books growing up. I also read several Hardy Boys books and then got into comic books big time and some Doc Savage.

3/14/2006  
Blogger Shaun Groves said...

I have a stack of original Star Wars comic books. My nephew thinks I'm God.

3/14/2006  
Blogger Cristy said...

Definitely Dr. Seuss. My son, too. He used to have me read the same books over and over, faster and faster each time.

You just reminded me that I used to have an incredibly large collection of Archie comic books...not sure what happened to it. I think I need to check mom and dad's basement.

3/14/2006  
Anonymous Jims-sister-anna said...

Other than "Hop on Pop", my dad used to read us (no joke) The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. He even sang up the songs.

3/14/2006  
Blogger GrovesFan said...

I was a huge Dr. Suess fan too. "Are You My Mother?" and "Go, Dog Go" were two of my favorites. My absolute favorite was "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." I used to read that year round and never missed it on tv either. I now have it on dvd and my kids think I'm nutty.

I also enjoyed Shel Silversteen and the "Little House" series. I read those over and over again. I read that series to my students in 2nd grade too and they loved it.

Beth

3/14/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shel Silverstein and A.A. Milne were top on the list. Who isn't a fan of Winne the Pooh? "The Giving Tree" was my favorite though.

brody

3/14/2006  
Blogger Seth Ward said...

"Where wild things go" was a bigtime fav. of mine. the only book i wanted my mom to read over and over. Where the Red Fern Grows was another one.

Seth

3/14/2006  
Blogger Nancy Tyler said...

The Yellow Pages. My dad said I started learning to read at 18 months by letting my fingers do the walking. LOL

I liked my Little Golden pictures books, Dr. Seuss dictionary, the Flicka Ricka and Dicka series from the 1940s, a biography about Amelia Earhart that I kept checking out of the school library, and Judy Blume's stuff

...but I REALLY loved reading Ogden Nash and Damon Runyon.

Weird kid...

3/14/2006  
Blogger Matthew Smith said...

I read the Chronicles of Narnia for the first time when I was seven. After re-reading them recently, I was struck by how profoundly those words shaped (or, as you say, made) me. I've never believed (for long) that God is distant or uncaring, and I think a lot of that is because of Aslan.

3/14/2006  
Blogger tray said...

the lorax is the only one i care to remember :)

3/14/2006  
Anonymous bgrayduck said...

Oh my goodness... how I loved books. My ALL time fav is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I also loved Marvin K Mooney Will You Please Go Now!, Make Way for Ducklings, Harold & The Purple Crayon, Miss Nelson is Missing!, Why Mosquitos Buzz in Peoples Ears, The Madeline books, Drummer Hoff, Corduroy, Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel, Lyle Lyle Crocodile, Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever, Clifford Books, ....

3/14/2006  
Anonymous hollybird said...

I loved Dr. Suess, especially Yertle the Turtle!! GREAT BOOK! and i still have all of the Shel Silverstein books.

One of my son's favorites was Walter the Farting Dog. We found that in a bookstore one day and read it together there. We laughed until we cried reading it together! check it out!!

3/15/2006  
Blogger heater said...

"corduroy" and "the giving tree" were my favorites. my daughter's favorite right now is "no, david!" and "do pirates take baths?" they are two funny books!

3/17/2006  

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