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Subject: Just ordered a childhood favorite...
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 8:13 PM ET
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Call me strange, but I think it 's fun to find copies of some of my favorites from childhood to have on my shelf. 

I just ordered Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West by Marguerite Henry.  This is a paperback published in 1966, which would have been right around the time I would have originally read it.  I think my copy was a hardback, but it will be fun to own it.

Any other strange folks out there?

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:43 PM ET
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I'm pretty sure there are lots of strange folks out there! I loved fairy tales as a child and I have collected lots of fairy tale books---Hans Christian Anderson, Grimm, and more. I often think of books I enjoyed as a child and into my teens. I loved a book called I Married Adventure.  I don't know what happened to the copy we had at home, but when I found one in  a used book store, I was thrilled. I also loved Cheaper by the Dozen. There were lots of kids in my family, so I guess I could relate.

There are lots and lots more I loved. I don't think it's strange at all to have old book friends on your shelves!

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 10:29 PM ET
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I do that too, re-read my books from when I was a kid.  I just read "The Secret Garden" again.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 10:37 PM ET
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I re-read a lot of books I read as a kid and even some newer kid books! Mainly the Boxcar Children and Trixie Belden! new ones include the new Boxcar Children and I listened to 'a year down  yonder' by richard peck on cassette and love that story!

One of my first ebay purchases..think it WAS the first one..I was new to ebay and online period and there was this book I checked out of the library every single time we went except when Ihad to return it and they wo uldn't let me check it out again! I had even written the publisher trying to find the book with no luck :-( It was called 'pony girl' and I was SO happy when I found it on there! It was also an exlibrary book and is very special to me..funny when I read it though that I didn't remember everthing being the same!

the secret garden is also a favorite of mine!

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 3:10 AM ET
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oh my - Trixie Belden!  i still have about 8-10 each of my Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and the Bobbsey Twins books on a high shelf.  they were all boxed up in Mom's attic until a few years ago.  i haven't re-read them, but i can't bring myself to let them go either.  the rest of that shelf i should probably go through, as only a handful of the others bring back memories.

i started squealing and grinning like an idiot - and grabbing - when i bumped into a hardback compilation of the Prydain Chronicles a few years ago.  one or another of my sibs had misplaced the family set - which might be for the better, as there would have been a fight over those!

i've also got several fairy tales books, a small Dr. Suess collection too, and a variety of other things.  my 'kids' books take up about 2.5 three-foot shelves.

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 7:13 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/16/2008 8:14 AM ET
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I love Trixie Belden and still have all my books.  My friends and I were so into those books in third grade that our teacher got tired of reading book reports about them and told us we had to read something else.

I have also kept my copy of Mrs. Mike, which I read over and over as a pre-teen and I have the first book that I was able to read by myself called A Hole is to Dig

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 8:21 AM ET
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I loved Mrs. Mike!! I have that book somewhere, and will have to dig it out to re-read.  Thanks for reminding me!

My favorite when I was young was Mitch & Amy, by Beverly Cleary.  They were 9 year old twins---and since I had (have) a twin brother, I could just soo relate to all their squabbling.

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 9:07 AM ET
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Not only do I re-read childhood favorites, but I buy and read current children's and YA books. I love the genre and I love having a nine year old son who loves reading (almost) as much as I did at that age. I currently have "The Ghost of Dibble Hollow" on my WL in the hopes that someone has this slim, Scholastic book that they want to unload. :)
Date Posted: 4/16/2008 9:10 AM ET
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when I was in third grade we read the Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder as a class. I still have my copy -it's a softback.

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 9:34 AM ET
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As an adult probably close to 30, my mother and I searched for a couple of years for a copy of The Adventures of Spin and Marty for me.  This was before the days of computers, and our best source was a column in Yankee magazine.

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Date Posted: 4/16/2008 11:10 AM ET
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I have a complete set of the Little HOuse books from when I was a kid in hardcover. My aunt used to buy them for me for my birthday and Christmas. I would never give them up!!

Date Posted: 4/16/2008 12:51 PM ET
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I've ALWAYS loved Grimms fairy tales, and just recently we went on a family trip to WDW and I found a copy of their fairy tales (in a tiny store in Germany at Epcott, lol), including some I had never even known to exist, I was very happy! I also like Charles Perrault (he wrote Bluebeard) except his are a bit harder to find.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 2:30 AM ET
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i went looking for Charles Perrault stories a while ago for a reason i've forgotten (i think something else i read pointed me back to them), and found this at the local library: The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 12:54 PM ET
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Wow, I didn't expect this much response!  I'm really enjoying all of these posts.

I also still love children's books, even though my youngest just turned 17!  Over the years of reading to my kids I've chosen many books because of the illustrations.  I love to draw and I think I kind of wish I was dedicated enough to become an illustrator.  (My avatar came from a children's books illustrators website.)

I have a ton of children's books on my reminder list, but I'll probably never get enough credits to get even a fraction of them, so I may have to try eBay or Amazon.

Here's to all of you kids' book lovers!  =0)

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 10:37 AM ET
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I am constantly re-reading my childhood/YA faves.  I still re-read the entire "Betsy-Tacy" series and the "Little House" series each year, and I also occasionally re-read my Trixie Beldens and the Whitman teenage books.

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Date Posted: 4/18/2008 11:24 AM ET
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I've re-read Stuart Little countless times - the ending still packs a wallop. We even got it on audio CD from the library for one car trip, and the whole family liked it - it was EB White himself reading it.

I'd love to get ahold of Space Cat Visits Venus again, too - it's as cheesy and wonderful as it sounds. Even cheesier - the title doesn't mention Venus is filled with telepathic plants!

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 11:35 AM ET
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I absolutely loved Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (Newbery winner) and The Faraway Lurs by Harry Behn. I found Behn's book at a FOL sale about 10 years ago and was thrilled to have my own copy.

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 12:14 PM ET
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I used to love the Mrs Piggle-Wiggle books.  I wouldn't mind reading those again!  Oh yeah, and a book called The Headless Cupid.  For some reason that one fascinated me - I must have read it at least 4 or 5 times!

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 12:45 PM ET
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Oh, gracious, yes. Having children and then grandchildren was a great excuse to buy extra copies of the classics I grew up with. I would give a great deal to have a copy of a Bible stories book my mother used to read to me but that's past worrying about.

We lost a number of my wife's childhood books in a flood in 1993, along with her spiral notebooks record of all the books she had read since she was 7. We've been able to replace some of the books, the Cherry Ames books and a few others, some through PBS, which has been fun.

She still longs for one little book that she has only the vaguest memories of. Something about a schoolhouse on a hill, and two teachers, one fat and one thin, one named "Miss B" and one named "Miss C" or something similar. She's pretty sure she'll find it next to her reading chair in heaven. :-)

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Date Posted: 4/18/2008 11:26 PM ET
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  I still keep and read my Nancy Drews, Trixie Beldens and Donna Parkers :)    Some of my favorite books that I've found and plan on keeping for my DD are anything by Ruth Chew (The Witch's Buttons was a long lost find) , My  Side of the Mountain by  Edith Craighead George (I must have read that one 10 times)  and some other older books like Connie Blair and The Bobbsey Twins.


Date Posted: 4/18/2008 11:29 PM ET
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I still have a copy of Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth.  I absolutely loved that book and read it several times. The other one I read a zillion time was The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.  Maybe I should order that one and read it again.....  :)

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 10:31 AM ET
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This is funny - I had just ordered Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski when I read these posts. I also just finished listening to Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field. These are two of my favorites when I was much younger!

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 11:33 AM ET
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Hey Holly - I had forgotton about The Egypt Game.  I loved that one too!  I guess I liked Zilpha Keatley Snyder, 'cause she wrote The Headless Cupid too.  You should check that one out!

Date Posted: 4/19/2008 11:06 PM ET
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Lester, that's SO SAD about your wife losing her list of books she's read since she was 7 YEARS OLD!  I've been trying to add books to my BIR list as I come across them, and it would be impossible to actually remember all the books I've read.

I like the idea of a reading chair in Heaven! =0)

Thanks, everyone, for giving me permission to read children's books! LOL!