It’s a Children’s Literature Friday Five, Pals, in honor of the opening today of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
1) Earliest book you remember (read to you or by you)–I think it’s probably The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings, a gift from my darling godmother, Maggie. My older cousin remembers that I would sit with a book all the time, “reading” to myself, and this was one of my favorites. The theme of the book is that being your true self is what really matters in life.
2) Picture Book you would like to climb into–Then it would have been Curious George Rides a Bike. I wanted to go with him when he delivered the newspapers and folded them into boats and sent them down the stream. We folded a lot of newspapers into hats and boats after I borrowed that one from the library!!
3) Favorite series of books (then or now)–That’s a close one, so I’ll name two. I had equal love for the Little House books and The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve re-read them both numerous times as an adult, both with and without my children.
When we were first getting serious, Pure Luck wanted to read The Hobbit to me, and eventually The Lord of the Rings, too. I love those very much now, too.
And of course we are all quite fond of Harry Potter, the inspiration for this meme.
4) Character you would most like to meet–I think Aslan. Maybe he could explain a few things. Except that he’s not a tame lion, so he might not bother.
5) Last childhood book you re-read (for yourself or to someone)–In the re-read category it would be C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle, which is still underway as part of our read-aloud of the Narnia books (my series to share with Pure Luck, who never read them as a child). We had it with us on a car trip and someone who shall remain nameless slipped it into a pocket on the back of the passenger seat, where someone else (me) didn’t find it again for a long, long time. I don’t have as much voice these days for reading aloud, but I’m hoping we’ll finish it this winter.