5 Sep 2011
Looks like we got ourselves a reader
I love reading. Love it. Always have.
I started on Peter and Jane books from Ladybird.
I was a keen and fast learner and my Mum always encouraged me. She subscribed to the Humpty Dumpty Club for me, and I got a big package every month.
It had books, puzzles, games and flash cards. Nobody else I have asked has ever heard of this. When I Googled it today, I found a huge forum of people saying exactly the same, and many of them have kept some bits and pieces. My girls have the animal dominoes and alphabet cards. I also still have some of the books (they are nicely illustrated but some are racist by today's standards, as was the norm)
As a child my favourites were Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl - no surprises there.
I read the Garden Gang, and of course Mr.Men and Little Miss.
I had a huge appetite for books. When I ran out of fiction I read a twelve volume encyclopedia. [My uncle did the same thing when he was suffering with mental illness - I've never made that connection before.]
I also spent hours copying out pages or even chapters from books. Being an only child obviously had a profound effect on me!
I'm hoping the monkeys will love books as much as I do. They certainly have plenty to keep them going. Little Sister is just learning to read now, and she is picking it up so fast. We know she is very bright, but have still been surprised how she absorbs and remembers.
Next time I will waffle about my favourite authors in my teenage years :)