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Scranton Page Turner: Childhood Memories

Do you have any childhood treasures?

One Fish Two Fish
Red Fish Blue Fish
Dr. Seuss
This book and Hop on Pop are very dear to my heart as my maternal grandfather used read them to me all the time.  I vividly recall seeing these two books in my grandparents living room sitting on the top of a headrest of a white chair, waiting to be read.  One Fish… was returned through the book drop last week and I was flooded with memories of sitting in that white chair while my grandfather read from the book.

I loved the rhyming when these books were read to me and every time these two books cross my view I must set aside the time to read them again.  Because these books were read to me by my grandfather, they have become my favorite Seuss books.

Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains?
May Garelick
This was the VERY first book I EVER bought at a book fair.  In 1970 while attending Noah Wallace School in Farmington, Connecticut, Scholastic sponsored the school book sales.  I was in first grade at the time and I came across this book.  I still have the original copy of the book at home.  Surprisingly some area libraries still carry it and it looks like the book is still in print.
It is such an important book to me as it carries much sentimental value.

Encyclopedia Brown
Donald J. Sobol
Wow!
Talk about childhood memories.  Living in Branford, Connecticut and attending Branford Intermediate School at the time.  Now the school is named after the principal at the time I was going. (Francis Walsh Intermediate School)  It seems so odd to call it that after attending the school when he was principal.

Think I read every Encyclopedia Brown book while going to the Intermediate school.  Leroy Brown is a ten year old trivia buff.  With is encyclopedic sense of knowledge (hence his name) he solves mysteries in his hometown with the help of his friends.

Loved this series growing up in middle school and I heartily recommend it to any middle school student.  Pick one up and I bet you’ll be hooked.

Until next time…
… Turn the page.

Chris

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