Books I Still Enjoy Today
By Jeff Salter
Before I launch into this week’s topic, allow me to puff out my chest briefly — since this is my 500th post on this group blog. Launched in February 2011, Four Foxes One Hound began with me and four different Foxes. I never imagined I’d still be here, 500 weeks later… but here I am. And I hope to remain… if the current Foxes don’t evict me!
Now to our topic:
“Have I ever revisited and old favorite book / movie? How did change for me as I got older?”
The folks who know me fairly well can likely understand that I’m a huge fan of movies, especially from Hollywood’s golden age. I could yak for ages about favorite films… and it’s quite possible I’ve already done so here at 4F1H. So for today, I’ll confine my commentary to BOOKS.
Books have been a treasured part of my life since my earliest memories. Not only did I enjoy many of them as a kid, but I re-enjoyed many of those same titles as a parent reading to my kids. And, in a few cases, I’ve even had a chance to read some of those same books to grandkids!
Do I still enjoy the stories? YES! Sure, the perspective is different, but what I loved about my favorite childrens’ books was a combination of the story and art. In the really great examples, those same aspects continue to impress me.
One of my favorites was a series of books about Miss Minerva. These began with “Miss Minerva and William Green Hill” by Frances Boyd Calhoun. The series was picked up by Emma Speed Sampson, who started with the sequel, “Billy and the Major.” I’ve acquired three or four titles in this series and would love to locate the others. [I should alert today’s readers that these books – the first title published in 1908 – contain certain stereotyped characters which may be considered offensive.]
As a librarian – my career for 30 years – I had occasion (during some of those years) to examine and purchase books for young readers. I was delighted to see many of my old favorites and also to encounter new creative authors / illustrators. Some of the names which stick out of this “new” – new to me several decades ago, but they’ve been around for a while now – crop of writers were William Joyce (with titles like “George Shrinks”), Mercer Mayer (with titles like “There’s a Nightmare in my closet”), Dick Gackenbach (with titles like “Harry and the Terrible Whatzit”), and many others I cannot even remember at the moment. I encountered these as a librarian and read some of them to my own kids. I still enjoy them today.
Here is a previous blog on a topic that’s somewhat related. Check it out and tell me if it answers today’s question… or something slightly different.
What books have made a big impact on YOU as a youngster? Do you still enjoy them today?
[JLS # 500]