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One book to rule them all, one book to find them, one book to bring them all and in the library bind them. I asked some of my readers on Facebook about the first book that got them into reading and their responses unexpectedly opened the floodgates of nostalgia. Where my Filipinos at?
We have to give this book the shoutout it deserves. This book is responsible for the literacy of Filipino children everywhere. Or something like that. I was lucky to have grown up surrounded by books. My mother unwittingly built us a library by purchasing picture books and at least 3 sets of encyclopedias and she wonders why all her children turned out to be nerds!
I think my aunt sent this to us when my siblings and I were around 6 or 7 years old. Being the eldest in the family, this book resonated with me so much because my sister used to follow me around just like Tory. And that bothered Krisha. It was a little square book with really large fonts that my mum got from National Bookstore. I read it in two sittings. I remember feeling so hurt and confused at that time. I guess you could say it prepared me for Sirius Black and Ned Stark.
I think I was 10 or 11 when the first Princess Diaries book was published. I absolutely pestered everyone. I just recently realized that Carolyn Keene is just a pseudonym and that the Nancy Drew series was actually written by a bunch of ghostwriters. Nancy and I met during freshman year in high school.
It was basically a montage of me coming and going out of the library, renting out these books at light speed. I loved how Nancy and company kept going on crazy adventures. And maybe I wanted a boyfriend who would just go with my flow, like Ned. My mum also read Nancy Drew and Hardy boys growing up.
And that, my friends, is the magic of reading. Get it? A lot? PS: always intend your puns. Seriously, though, I think Frances Hodgson Burnett changed the lives of so many kids all over the world with her stories. She opened the world just a tiny bit wider for children by introducing multifaceted characters and many possibilities. Mary, Sarah, and Cedric were my dear friends growing up and I owe them all to dear old tita Frances. Mind opening, really, for an impressionable high schooler like me.
You must be logged in to post a comment. You know: One book to rule them all, one book to find them, one book to bring them all and in the library bind them. Turns out, a lot of us actually read the same books growing up. I owe my entire career to this book and its gray newsprint pages. Relate much at the ripe old age of 7.
Harry Potter Do we even need to say this? Met Harry. Went to Hogwarts. Life changed. End of story. Nancy Drew Series I just recently realized that Carolyn Keene is just a pseudonym and that the Nancy Drew series was actually written by a bunch of ghostwriters. There goes my childhood! PS: always intend your puns Seriously, though, I think Frances Hodgson Burnett changed the lives of so many kids all over the world with her stories.
Over To You! What about you? What books made you fall in love with reading? Let me know in the comments below! Leave a comment. Prev Post.
Ang Bagong Alpabeto Mga Unang Hakbang Sa Pagbasa ni Sir Rex
I also remember one of the very first books that my lola used to teach me how to read, Bagong Alpabeto: Mga Unang Hakbang sa Pagbasa. I remember that the book cover and the pages were old it was one of the books my lola used when she was still a Grade 1 teacher. I may not remember everything because I was only three back then, but I will forever be grateful to my lola , my first teacher. It was very sunny and breezy. The natural light and fresh air were both favorable for learning. What I could remember well is my pre-school room when I was formally sent to school. It was big and spacious.
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