I love children's books. No, seriously, ninety percent of the books I own are children's books. And, since most of my stuff is in storage, this translates to approximately 38 boxes of children's books. I even imagine an entire room devoted to books, my own library in my
big little house of dreams.
I think it all began with my parents reading to me and my little brother, complete with character voices. Just to see if we were paying attention, my dad would slip in that somebody, Ebenezer Scrooge for example, was sitting down to eat a nice, piping hot slice of pizza. This was, of course, followed by a chorus of objections and corrections. Then there were the trips to the library with mom. It was one of the first places we visited whenever we moved (which was often). I still love the smell of libraries. I walk in the door and get an excited feeling in the pit of my stomach, adventure awaits. Finally, my Grandma Arlene sealed the deal in the third grade. She gave me the most amazing gift a budding bibliophile could ask for: boxes and boxes of my mother's books. Her entire juvenile collection was, and is, mine. This even included a few volumes of a series my Great-Grandma Big (more on that random name in another post) read as a child.
Since I have this lovely
obsession passion, I thought I'd share it with you. Today's recommendation from Joybird's Library is "Gone-Away Lake" by Elizabeth Enright. I've been intrigued with this book for a very long time, but was only able to read it fairly recently. It's the story of two cousins who happen upon an abandoned vacation settlement on a lake that has been turned into a bog by the building of a dam. They meet the eccentric inhabitants of this settlement and, of course, have wonderful adventures.