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As someone who loves writing I guess it's a given that I should be obsessed with reading as well. I love books. I have a bookshelves filled with them. Books occupy most of my evenings. When I pass a bookstore I am inexplicably drawn in.
Some of my most favourite books would have to be the stories directed at children. They usually have an important message, a make-believe storyline, a happy ending. These are the reasons I love them so much. These are the reasons why I tend to regularly pilfer books from my children's bookshelves; so I can abandon myself in the fantastical, the whimsical, the extraordinary
One of my earliest forays into reading a full length book was when I was around seven or eight years of age and I settled myself down with my Mother's dog eared and much loved version of Charlotte's Web. I adored this story. I still do. I have re-read it countless times over the past twenty-five years. I've read it to my stepson and my daughter. They loved it too.
What's not to adore? A talking pig. A talented and loyal spider. Animals who have personalities. A message of friendship, life and death. There is joy and sadness. And an ending that has me- as a grown woman with four children- sobbing my little heart out. It elicits the same emotions in me now that it did when I was a little girl.
'It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.'
Quote from Charlotte's Web.
And that is reason in itself for me to keep on reading and to keep on sharing this wonderful story.
What stories did you adore as a child? Do you still read them now?