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  •  Two Things in Life I Knew I Hated (5+ / 0-)

    when very young.:
    Ravel's Bolero and -- sorry, everyone -- Dr. Seuss books.

    The pounding rhythms in each are headache-producing.  I never understood why the fascination for Dr. Seuss among all my cohorts.  I don't understand why my grandsons love his books, either.

    But I'm a better Revered Ancestor than I was a kid and enjoy very much snuggling with a boy child on each side and being read aloud to from a Dr. Seuss anything by either one of them.  The tables turn.

    My (mis)fortune was that my father's godmother(s) lived in England and sent me many books.  My earliest memories are of Rackham-illustrated Nursery Rhymes, of water-colored Beatrix Potter fantasies, Tenniel's ink and wash Alice adventures; of color-plated Ivanhoe, The Secret Garden,  and Treasure Island.  I learned to read with Curious George and Benjamin Bunny, with Dorothy of Oz and Alice down the rabbit hole, not Dr. Seuss.

    Am I the worse for it?

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    by Limelite on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 10:17:30 AM PST

    •  Don't see how you can be (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Limelite

      but your book aesthetics are very different kinds of objects altogether, or?


      I was usually frightened by the illustrations in The Wizard of Oz, when I read that as a kid.  See, the reading experience had been ruined by the movie.  I kept expecting Ray Bolger to tap dance off the page!!

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 01:24:25 PM PST

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    •  I dislike Ravel's Bolero too, and never cared for (2+ / 0-)
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      a gilas girl, Limelite

      Seuss books until I used them to teach my girls to read. I still don't care for the way they look but the texts are great teaching tools, and kids like them.

    •  When my granddaughter was too young to walk (4+ / 0-)

      she allowed me to read to her, so I read her lots of nursery rhymes (some of which I also sang) out of the Childcraft books I have. Had a similar edition as a child.

      Now that she's four and a half, she insists on "reading" to me, even though she can't read yet. She makes up stories to go with the pictures in the books.

      I loved the Beatrix Potter stories, the Andrew Lang fairy books, Richmal Crompton's William books, and even Enid Blyton's books. If Miss Pink Cheeks ever lets me read to her again, I've got the Betsy-Tacy books all ready to go. :)

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:48:40 PM PST

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    •  I loved Bolero, but only while I was stoned. And (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Limelite

      I completely missed out on Dr. Seuss by just a few years. We did have a huge book of Grimm's fairy tales, though.

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