Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Books I’d Love To
Revisit From My Childhood
This topic is a tough one because I didn’t read all too much as a kid in elementary school (kindergarten-8) aside from library/computer class. So I gotta take a pickaxe to my brain to dig up some of these nostalgic gems; of which I’ll divide into picture books and book-report reads.
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This book was read to me by the librarian and I guess I just took the meaning for granted. Now when I think of it, there’s so much more nuance in the theme toward a darker meaning. I guess that just comes with experience haha.
This was a hot commodity during library period. There were only a few copies with so many of us. Sometimes we worked together to find the associated riddle and other times it was every kid to themselves.
Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet Ahlberg, Allen Ahlberg
Each Peach Pear Plum, I spy Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb in the Cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard
Mother Hubbard in the cellar, I spy Cinderella
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
Clifford the Big Red Dog – Norman Bridwell
Lol this thing. I guess it filled the void of not having any pets join the family in my household until later in life. When I left for University, the family dog stayed with my brother and I do wish to find another pup to join the family (I’m leaning towards a Corgi this time around…). But yes, I am a dog kinda guy (sorry to you swarm of cat lovers out there).
Books Read For Book Reports
But let’s be honest, books were burdensome as a kid and so I seldom did read them from beginning to end. I know for a fact that I skipped chapters and filled in the details myself on at least one of these books. It’s okay though because I still got that stellar report card. That’s all that matters, right?
This was more than just a book report for me; I remember having to adapt this book into a half-hour play. And let’s just say that the script was too long for our group to present in a limited time-frame. Funny thing is I think we selected this book without having read the first one in the series (well…now I know it’s a series. Fail.)
This book just reinforced why I want to visit the West Edmonton Mall. Seriously, why can’t there be malls here in Toronto with a waterpark and rollercoasters and basically everything?
I only read a few of these and then the television shows became more accessible to me. Not gonna lie: pretty creepy stuff to watch as a kid. Like that one where the dad was a plant? That certainly didn’t promote eating your leafy greens as a kid.
I remember having the most feels with this read; a class study book culminated with watching the movie. Now that I think about it, perhaps this was the first book that I discovered the lovely thing called feels.
Let’s just say that when I first read this book, I didn’t think of it as The Big “Friendly” Giant...my interpretation was cruder. Doesn’t even take a genius to ponder what I imagined the F to stand for LOL…ten points if you can imagine it! And if I remember correctly, I think I read more of Dahl’s works than any of Seuss’ books. So props to him.
Other notable reads as a kid was probably them Chicken Soup for the Soul short story compilations, Animorphs, and The Boxcar Children. But in the end, I guess the question I need to ask is: would I revisit any of these? Probably not. Maybe if I happen to stumble over the picture books at the library I’ll have a gander into it again but I hardly ever visit libraries to begin with unless there’s a scheduled book sale…
Are there any books you read in elementary school that you enjoyed writing a book report for (if that’s even possible?)