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My Magical Book

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Posted 03-01-2013 at 07:33 PM by caninemom3
Updated 03-13-2013 at 08:16 PM by caninemom3

Books are always magical to me. Through books I have been to many places and experienced many things that I otherwise would never have had the chance to. I have been to Tudor England in the court of Henry VIII as he ruled with all the earmarks of the true tyrant he was and who fell in "love" quicker than the weather changes. I have been to the Holy Land and witnessed the Savior's birth. I have journeyed far to Hogwarts School and watched a forlorn and rejected boy become a confident and strong young man battle the ultimate evil for what is right and good. I, myself have read over and over again the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a man so mean and miserly that even a blind man's dog ran from him. To my pleasant surprise through much persistence of others he finally achieved his reclamation to the nice person he had very well hidden deep inside.

Books mean so much to me words cannot describe. They have been my companions when I had none; they have been my friend when I was alone. They provided my mind with an arena so large and wide that even someone with an overactive imagination like mine could never be bored. However, there is one book that means more to me perhaps than any other on this earth.

It is one volume of a set of encyclopedias my father bought for my brothers and sister and I when we were little titled [I]The Book of Knowledge. [/I]In this particular volume there are Christmas stories and carols, poems and pictures. I can remember to this very day sitting on my mother's lap on cool Autumn and Winter days as she read aloud to me. I asked many questions as any child of 4 would and she always patiently answered them all over and over again without the slightest evidence that she was ever tired or would rather be doing something else. My mother enjoyed the stories as much as I and was like a little kid herself when it came to Christmas.

There are other sections too in this book that are not Christmas. Stories of how nature works, stories of animals, butterflies, stories of the great pyramids.

I learned my love for reading from my mother and my big sister and I find it very sad indeed that many of today's youth seem to be moving away from reading. Society has become so bent on instant gratification and to take time to read a book is becoming obsolete these days, but yet violent video games seem to be all the rage.

I suppose this just shows my age, but I tell you if I could travel in time it would be to those bygone days when I was just a baby sitting on my mother's lap, feeling calm, warm and secure and listening intently to her sweetly reading to her four year old about the many wonders of our world only a book can give.
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    This pretty eerie, and I will tell you why--tomorrow!!!
    Posted 03-01-2013 at 11:13 PM by Seawaters Seawaters is offline
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    That should have said, "This is pretty eerie."
    Posted 03-01-2013 at 11:16 PM by Seawaters Seawaters is offline
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    A similar experience here---We had the full set of World Book Encyclopedia, and when I was little, I loved to pull out any volume and just browse through it, reading about anything that looked or sounded interesting. I also had 3 or 4 of the Tell Me Why books. I learned so much just by "following my nose" through the World Book. And my mom got a kick out of telling people, "She reads the encyclopedia!" Reading good books also teaches kids correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar, just by exposing them to it. Anyway, that's how I learned them without even realizing it.

    Seawaters, don't be a tease. Tell us ALL why.
    Posted 03-02-2013 at 11:50 AM by MerryCarey MerryCarey is offline

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