This week we’re discussing books from our childhood. I was obsessed with history when I was younger. I blame my dad who was always reading cowboy books or watching cowboy movies when we spent a relaxing weekend at home. I absolutely loved exploring the farm and often wondered what it would have been like to be a pioneer just settling the land and trying to start fresh on the wild frontier.
The book that left the biggest impression on me when I was younger was Sacajawea by Anna L. Waldo. This hefty book belonged to my dad and I borrowed it the summer between fifth and sixth grade. I longed to know more about Native Americans. Knowing that my dad’s family had Cherokee blood running through our veins (I was fascinated when I saw the census but that’s another story) pushed me to read many books about Native Americans. I devoured books about The Trail of Tears and several fiction books about different tribes. Anyway, this book pulled me into its world that summer. I remember crying during some very emotional parts of the story. This was an account of Sacajawea’s life not just her journey with Lewis and Clark though that was also in the book. They never would have made it without her. Still to this day I recall this book with a mix of emotions. I absolutely love this story and how incredibly well written it is but there is also a sadness that comes from knowing the struggles that she had to endure.
As for a book I would love to read again. Well, I currently am reading the series again. The Little House on the Prairie series. I remember the first time I read these books I was borrowing them from my grandma June’s library. I would select a book and go out to the deck to read or sometimes I would lay by the fireplace and read. I traveled back in time with this series. Then when I was eight I received the entire series for my birthday from Grandma June and the cookbook from Grandma Bierman. I was such a happy little girl. My parents bought a bonnet for me and I would run around the farm barefoot pretending that I was on the frontier with Laura. I read the series several times through the years. The last time I read them was 8 years ago. I read them aloud to my oldest two children causing my daughter to fall in love with the books and my son to become obsessed with the television series. Now that my youngest is in second grade we’re reading the books together. I have to admit there are times I want to read ahead after he falls asleep because I know how amazing these books are, but I have to force my attention somewhere else because we’re truly enjoying sharing this series together. Once again I have the entire series and the cookbook (thanks to my children getting them for me on my latest birthday). My little Wyatt is loving going through the cookbook and trying things that are mentioned in the books. This series is the one that really made me fall in love with the written word, the one that made me realize I wanted to be an author. This may be why these books hold such a special place in my heart and no matter how often I read them they never lose their appeal.
Do you have a book from your childhood that really pulled you in?