Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Special Book


This week’s topic from the Fall Blog Challenge by Melanie Holtsman, is about a special book.

“What Book Made the Biggest Impact on Your Life? Was there a book you read or was read aloud to you that you have always remembered or that has impacted your life? Tell us about the book and why it touched you so deeply.”

bookThis may sound crazy but the first book I remember reading (and I’m sure I read others and had others read to me) is The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss. Maybe it was the first one I had ever read on my own but I remember it being a big milestone in my life. It must have been for me to remember this more than 45 years later. At the time, I think 500 was as much as a trillion in my young eyes. I couldn’t imagine owning that much of anything. I remember thinking that someday, I wanted to own 500 books that were all my own and not borrowed from the library. If I had that many books, I would not only be rich but I’d be very smart and could do anything I wanted in my life. I knew that reading books was the key to whatever I wanted. Since my mother was an avid reader, I’m sure she instilled that in me with her words as well as her actions. The fact that everyone in my family made sure I had access to the library whenever I wanted or needed books was another way I saw that reading books was important. I remember the praise my family gave me when I read this book on my own and then out loud to them. That was proof that I was a reader and my life was just beginning!

Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).

Original Picture: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss


Laurie said...

This is a great post! I don't think I have read this particular Dr. Seuss book, but I will have to go find it. Thanks for a great post.


Melanie Holtsman said...

What a sweet story. My first book was Marvin K. Mooney will you please go now! :) Dr. Seuss rocks!