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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Books

     I wonder how many hours of my childhood and youth were spent with a book in hand? It had to be MANY, as I recall books received as gifts; walking (or riding my bike) the two and a half blocks to the town library at least weekly; A Fish out of Water; the Nancy Drew, Donna Parker, and Annette series; bringing home books from the long, low classroom shelves; reading the stories in old school reading books over and over on my own; book reports; ordering paperback books from the flyer brought home from school; reading in bed, in a tree, in my "hide-outs" in the garage and basement, in the car,... How fortunate to have had that privilege!


     I'm so glad that our oldest grandchild (nearly four now) has loved books from the time he was very little, too. He just may have been my inspiration for this week's Scribble Picnic theme of books! You can read and see what others came up with here.

18 comments:

  1. I'm with you...Can't remember when I didn't love books. When my friend and I were in grade school, we would go to the cemetery across the street where we played and sing opera's from our children's book....but then I've always been rather odd....HaHa

    Love the picture....so absorbed in the book.... great sketch and story.

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    1. Doesn't sound a bit odd to me! :-)
      Thanks, Wanda!

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  2. This is such a sweet sketch!

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  3. couldn't see your drawing clearly since is small and my computer screen is also small but from what I can see, that book cover is just adorable.

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Sorry you have such trouble seeing the drawing. I edited it to make it one size larger, so hope that helps, but if I go any bigger it doesn't all show. Can you "open image in new tab" so it's on a page by itself?
      Thanks for the compliment.

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  4. Some of my earliest memories are of being in the library waiting on my aunt to pick me up. I would wander among the bookshelves, chose a favorite and read until she honked her car horn. Next day, same scene.

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful memory, Latane.

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  5. Love the idea behind the illustration here, Jolene. You've captured that sense of being absorbed in the reading well and clearly from your write up, did indeed spend many a day doing exactly that. Ha. Good for you. I read FAR more now, as an adult than ever for my own pleasure as a kid or teenager. Then, the only things read were always for school but now I read for learning (non-fiction) and news too, of course. I didn;t spend much time reading as I was ALWAYS drawing all the time then! Now, its reversed. lol.

    Great write up too. Thanks so much.

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    1. Thank you, Michael.
      Funny, it reversed for me, too, except the other way, as I don't read nearly as much as I used to do!

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  6. We didn't have much, but we always had books. I always looked forward to a new Nancy Drew at Christmas and buying those paperback books from the flyers! Great sketch and thanks for stirring those memories.

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    1. Thanks, and you're welcome, Lorraine!
      Our ideas were similar. I completely forgot that I was going to include various books scattered on the floor beside the little boy, like you had with your grandson's picture. That would have been more realistic!

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  7. Your sketch is perfect for the theme this week, Jolene...nice work! I remember reading that book to my children when they were little.

    I've always loved books too and I remember many trips to the library as a teen. Books spelled adventure to me and I would revel in them as my imagination played along.

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    1. Thank you, Serena. Nothing like a book for going on a good adventure!

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  8. You know, that's a good question. In thinking back to my own, I honestly can't remember having any books except for "The Secret Garden". I MUST have had more but just blocked out memories due to a traumatic childhood. Huh. Anyway, fun sketch of the boy reading. Hope you've had a lovely week! :)

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    1. I'm glad that you at least remember the one book, and so sorry you had such a rough childhood. Hope you have a good week also, Alexandra!

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  9. Love this, and of course have always loved books too!

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    1. Thanks, Mary, and I'm glad to hear that!

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