Today’s daily prompt: What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?
This question is in the vague area. How do I narrow it down? Ever since I could read, I’ve never had a book leave my side.
My favorite bedtime story was a tie between two (and they were in Chinese) because my mom would read them to me. One of them is the Chinese translated version of Dumbo and another was a rather touching story about a girl and her two dogs. It was more specifically about her dogs who were a girl and a boy and when one of them passed away, the others connection was so strong that she couldn’t find the will to live, and eventually left also. Why my mom chose to read me this as a bedtime story, I have no idea…but it did become one of my favorite stories.
After a certain age, I started reading my own books and from elementary, my favorite book was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I read that time, maybe 5 times a year. I don’t remember anymore but till today, its still sitting on the shelf and once in a while, I’ll pick it up and read it. Entering into a world of imagination and creativity through the words of Roald Dahl, where even the most impossible things could be made. It was always an adventure to read and it had some funny parts here and there. Just such a wonderful little children’s novel!
In Grade 4 and 5, one of the best authors I liked was Eric Walters. I loved reading his novels and he is such a nice man, as he even came to visit us at the school. It was there he introduced one of the best novels I’ve read, Rebound. He writes teen novels that regard issues that kids will encounter in school, society and different places and different context. I loved reading Rebound and from there I went on to look up his other books in the library. Two of my other favorites are Caged Eagles, which portrayed the living conditions of Japanese after they bombed Pearl Harbor in the West Coast of Canada, and The Money Pit Mystery, which was a fun adventure where teens go off to solve mysteries in a new town.
Another author that resounded in my young elementary school days was Jean Little. She wrote awesome novels like Different Dragons, which I read multiple times. The one that probably influenced me the most, which I still haven’t got a copy of is a book called The Belonging Place. It spoke a bit to how I felt after learning some things about my own background. The connotation of finding a place that we truly belong to, a place where we can call home. This story touched my heart and I remember it even after only read it once or twice and never owning it.
I could shower you with many books but in the later years probably around Grade 6, I fell in love with a series of books. It was from the amazing Lucy Maud Montgomery. As much as I loved the Megan Follows portrayal of TV series for Anne of Green Gables, the book (series) that I loved and influenced me was Emily of New Moon. I love the story, and the character of Emily. It seemed maybe to match my personality a bit more. I felt like I could connect with that character a lot more than with Anne of Green Gables.
These books are simple, youthful books. They grew up with me. You may be surprised (especially readers who have heard over and over about Dr. Seuss and my love for him. Everything I read influences me in some big or small way depending on the content. It makes me contemplate whatever issue they have set forth. However, I picked a few that I figured if it came to my mind that it would be worth mentioning. I have tons of favorites and that question is just too vague for me.
What books resounded to you the most when you were young?