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09 June 2016 @ 09:07 pm
A bit of bookish time travel  
Went into Dymocks Books at lunchtime today, to have a look at the children's book selection, and to my very great surprise and delight I found a copy of "Milly Molly Mandy". Instantly I was six years old again, sitting up in the mulberry tree with half a jam sandwich in one hand and the book in the other, and pretending I couldn't hear mum calling me in for a bath and tea. It's amazing how seeing a much-loved book can transport you right back in time like that.

I'm making a shortlist of children's books that I want to buy, starting with a gorgeous collection of the Paddington Bear stories, fully illustrated, and all in the one large hardcover book. There's a Dr Seuss compendium which put a huge smile on my face, and of course the Magic Faraway Tree, and the Wishing Chair books by Enid Blyton. Also all the lovely lovely picture books as well. And now I've added MMM to that list too.

I really loved bedtime when Jay was little (and not just because it meant the start of adult time!). Bedtime always involved a bedtime story, and we read our way through so many books together! I still have our original copies of Winnie The Pooh and The Wizard of Oz; sadly most of his books had been packed in a box and placed up in the ceiling cavity of my last home, and I had forgotten they were there when I moved. By the time I remembered, and got in touch with the people who had bought my house, they had thrown the books out. Who throws out books?! Philistines.
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byslantedlight: Bookshelf colour (grey853).byslantedlight on June 9th, 2016 11:28 am (UTC)
Ohhh - Milly Molly Mandy! I'd forgotten all about her! *g* I had to go and google to remind myself, and I found this poem by JLB too, which I rather like for how true it still is:

It's good to be sitting still,
And it's good to be running wild,
And it's good to be by yourself alone
Or with another child.

And whether the child's grown up,
Or whether the child is small,
So long as it really is a Child
It doesn't matter at all.


Which is a little bit of the fun part of fandom too, I reckon... *g*

Oh, and ack for them having thrown out your books - that's just... I mean... If you find a box of books in an attic, then that's glorious, and you put them straight on your shelves... well, unless maybe you already have them, I guess... but I'm guessing they didn't...
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on June 9th, 2016 12:40 pm (UTC)
Wow! Lovely poem.
byslantedlight: Magic-OnceUponATime(OhSweetWitchery)byslantedlight on June 9th, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
Isn't it wonderful!
miwahni: Pros Booksmiwahni on June 11th, 2016 01:51 pm (UTC)
That poem really resonates! I don't think I'll ever grow up, inside.

And yes I know what you mean - I have never thrown a book out. I've donated books to charity shops, and when I lived in a tiny country town once I took a box of books to the local nursing home, where they were warmly received. But to throw them out - well that's just criminal.
Newsy: Woodstocknewsy891 on June 9th, 2016 11:46 am (UTC)
The Dr. Seuss would likely have come home with me on the spot. My home theatre company is doing Seussical the Musical in September - I could justify the purchase as "no really, it's serious audition research" =D
miwahni: Pros Booksmiwahni on June 11th, 2016 01:49 pm (UTC)
Oh absolutely! AND claim it as a tax deduction!
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] BOOK LOVERdraycevixen on June 13th, 2016 08:49 pm (UTC)
I love children's books unfortunately more than most children seem to anymore.

miwahni: Pros Ray readingmiwahni on June 14th, 2016 10:11 am (UTC)
I have eighteen children's books put aside now, and one toy. ONE toy. I think my grandkids aren't getting a choice; they're going to have to be readers.