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3/21/2009

Books

I have read a few books and stories in my life which I consider to be the best of their kind. "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit". "The Yearling". "A Stone For Danny Fisher". "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". "The Winds of War". "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime". And every one of the Foundation Series by Asimov.

When one has children one tries, at times, to introduce those children to things that have made an impression and been an influence in one's life. Places seen. Things done. Books read.

#1 Son has just started the fifth of the Foundation Series. This is the first time I can remember suggesting reading material to the man that he has not only read it, but enjoyed it, and come back for more.

I wonder why it takes so long .....

Ndinombethe.

13 comments:

calicobebop said...

I remember my mother reading the LOTR series to me - left a lasting impression and a lifelong love of sci-fi/fantasy.

Of course, I did have a Sweet Vally High phase... :) Sometimes we just need to experiment I suppose!

Shadow said...

have you read john connelly's 'the book of lost things'?

Tara R. said...

I've tried to introduce my kids to my fav books too.. no luck yet. I will second Shadow's recommendation for 'The Book of Lost Things,' very good read, as is anything by Christopher Moore - Lamb, Fluke, Dirty Jobs - hilarious!

Rebecca said...

LOVED "The Curious Incident..." Loved it.

Ree said...

A Tree Grows is my very favorite book ever.

And Shortman wouldn't believe me about LOTR and The Hobbit until he saw the movies. But I'll take it however I can get it. ;-)

Patsy said...

My girls are all readers. They are always telling me about books I should read -- ones they love and the reverse is also true. Robert said at one time our house was just a big book club. There were a couple of times when we were all reading the same book and having dicussions about it. I miss that. I might have to suggest we do it again. Watch out Facebook you might just become a Book Club.

Karen said...

When my kids were growing up, the first thing you saw when you walked into our house was a three unit wall bookshelf that was filled with classics. I started my kids in a childrens' book club when they were still just months old, and read to them every day. Later, they had the book and record sets, where they put the record on a record player, the narrator read the book and they followed along. A bell would ring indicating to turn the page. They wore the thing out!

Now my daughter wants to be a librarian because she does not have enough books at home.

Jientje said...

I used to read a lot as a kid.
I still like it, but there are not enough hours in a day. Now I read cookbooks and blogs.

But I try to pick the good ones. ;-)

Joyce-Anne said...

I loved "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and my husband is a huge fan of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings".

Emily/Randomability said...

I've brought home some of the actual old books that I've read and I'm now reading them to my kids. Although we do have to be careful and not turn the pages too quickly. There are some books that I do not allow the kids to turn when we read, for fear of breaking.

Honeybell said...

That is definitely one of my favorite aspects of parenting, getting to share the favorite books of my childhood with my own kids.

Now if only we'd had a girl, so I could suggest The Secret Garden without hearing "EWWW! That's a GIRLY BOOK!"

Momisodes said...

That is wonderful, Lou! I do wish my parents had introduced books and stories to me. Glad he finally found a story that piqued his interest :)

Eve Grey said...

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my favourite books of all time.