Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Laura, Anne and Alexander were my childhood friends by Syndi Powell
My heart is aflutter! One of my favorite books of all time, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day", is being made into a movie that premieres this October!!! Who wants to go with me to see it?
There's something about books that we read as a child. Some stay with us much longer after we've closed the cover on it. The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of those. The Anne Shirley series was another. I fell in love with the plucky heroines and followed them on their life journeys through the pages of a book. They were my friends and confidantes, and how I longed to lead lives like them.
In the movie, "You've Got Mail", Kathleen Kelly (played by Meg Ryan) says, "When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does." She's right about that. Books we read as a child become a part of the fabric of our soul. They have an impact on us that we can't even begin to understand at the time or may ever be able to articulate later.
I admire those who write books for children because they have an awesome privilege as well as a responsibility. They are molding our sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, grandchildren. These writers are presenting our children with characters and worlds to educate, inspire and motivate. They are expanding their imaginations beyond their iPods and cell phones. Thank you to all of you who do.
As for Judith's Viorst's book about Alexander, it reminds me even now as an adult that this is only one bad day. Things will get better. Even if I have to move to Australia.
What books inspired you as a child? What favorite book do you still read?