Tomorrow is like any other day...

I realize everyone in Illinois and Wisconsin will be glued to their televisions tomorrow, but I know there exists a small population of people who will not mind if they miss a touchdown or two. As the Bears and Packers go face-to-face (or is it head-to-head?) in one of the most anticipated games in B/P history, I might be in my basement, rooting through vintage treasures.

Where will you be talking smack tomorrow? Some may choose to embrace the cold winter and pile into various bars, while others may be celebrating at the home of a relative. I bring this up because my mother has recently unearthed from her basement some classic books from my childhood. If you happen to be at a residence that could potentially house your old stuff, ask for it back and whisk yourself down memory lane!
My children are very fond of the books my mother has discovered and I enjoy reliving the stories just as much!

Clotilda by Jack Kent, Random House, 1969
out-of-print book, Clotilda by Jack Kent, is a delightful tale about
two children who discover depressed fairy godmother, Clotilda. Tommy's
bad attitude quickly gets him changed into a donkey and Betty, the
charming little girl with a very cute bob, is granted three wishes. Both
my children love this book!

Sand Cake by Frank Asch, Parents Magazine Press, 1978
anyone remember this one? The story of Papa Bear and Baby Bear having
fun on the beach. Papa Bear challenges Baby Bear to a sand cake making
contest. No need to root through your old books!  Read it to your kids now with this fun animated version!

ZooBooks by Wildlife Education Unlimited, 1981
loved getting my ZooBooks magazine in the mail! My daughter loves flipping through
these old publications and I was happy to learn that the publishing
company, Wildlife Education Unlimited, is still in business! A magazine subsription is a wonderful gift for children!

Panda the Doctor by Oda Taro, Rand McNally, 1983
The Panda Series features sweet, innocent Panda who has a very vivid imagination. In this book, Panda pretends he is a doctor and takes care of his stuffed animals, his dog, cat, fish and his mother.

What was your favorite book as a child?

Have you shared your old favorites with your children?  


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  • love the picture of you! I love the book "I had Trouble in getting to Solla Sollew" by Dr. Seuss. It really brings back memories of being a kid whenever I read it to C!

  • In reply to AmandaJ:

    Dr. Seuss makes me nervous when I read his books. Especially One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. My kids like that one a lot and every time I read it I get a headache. Weird. I will check that one out, though!

  • In reply to AmandaJ:

    As a young child, books were my best friends. Your blog entry brought tears to my eyes as I recalled my favorite childhood book, "Charlie" written by Diane Fox Downs. It is the story of an emaciated, homeless, orphaned orange tabby kitten named Charlie who was trying to navigate the cold, dark city alleyways. He became frightened by the sirens on a firetruck and ran as fast as his little legs could carry him. Until he came to a white wall and noticed a green branch of a tree and climbed onto the wall. It was what Charlie found on the other side of that white wall that brings tears to my eyes: green grass, tress, sunshine and a little girl who loves him and adopts him. My copy of "Charlie" has bent, slightly torn pages, unidentified stains on the cover and an abused binding. It is a treasured piece of my childhood, and my children still love hearing about Charlie.

  • In reply to soontobehotmama:

    I love reading and love when my kids get excited about going to the library or bookstore! Is "Charlie" still available? I need to check that one out. One of my favorites is "The Little Old Man Who Could Not Read". It is so cute and the kids won't get into it. I read it out loud anyway!

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