This week's theme is childhood books and the task is to write a bit about them. I obviously started reading with picture books but I don't really remember those. When I think back on the books I loved as a child, The Chronicles of Narnia is usually one of the first ones to come to mind. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, will probably always be my favourite for being my introduction to that fantastical world. I don't know what the assignment was anymore but I remember once in elementary school, drawing a picture of a lantern in the middle of a snowy forest and being very disappointed that the teacher didn't seem to understand the significance of it.
I don't have many of my old books anymore, the result of too many moves and crucially one or two of them as a teenager when I figured I didn't need those kids books anymore! Of course I regret getting rid of some of them now! But I've always held on to my old battered Puffin box set of The Complete Chronicles of Narnia. I reread the entire series a few years ago, in 2003 to be exact, so before blogging. As a child I hadn't noticed or paid much attention to the Christian allegory present in the stories, but reading them again as an adult, it came across much more obviously. But I still enjoyed losing myself in the world of Narnia again and in that sense, revisiting my childhood.
Some other random books that were childhood favourites are Winnie the Pooh, Pippi Longstocking (I loved Pippi's spirit and independence!) and The Neverending Story which completely captivated my imagination. The Neverending Story, the movie, was also a favourite. We lived on a farm outside a small town when I was young, but I do remember borrowing books from the small library whenever I could. I made my way through many (if not all) of the Nancy Drew books that the library had. And I lived for the Scholastic book catalogues we got from school every so often. I'd pore over those for hours, reading the blurbs and trying to choose which ones I wanted. We also watched Little House on the Prairie religiously, and of course I read many of those books as well. Unfortunately those are among those that I don't have anymore.
And of course I wouldn't be a good Canadian if I hadn't read Anne of Green Gables! I went through a definite Anne phase and devoured as many Lucy Maud Montgomery books as I could get my hands on, but I especially loved the Anne books. And I had a huge crush on Gilbert! I still have these books as well. A sure sign that they meant a lot to me.
One summer we took a family vacation to the east coast of Canada, visiting Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Of course we had to visit Green Gables and see the musical while we were there! Other than the Narnia books, I don't recall re-reading any of my other childhood favourites, but I think it would be fun to revisit Anne someday. This year is actually the 100th anniversary since the original publication of Anne of Green Gables. Visit the website to find out about the events being held to celebrate the anniversary.
Thanks for sharing my stroll down memory lane.