now on to my contribution.....
Spinning Yarns and Weaving Tales
I often heard this phrase as I was growing up, mostly from my grandparents when they would read to us from a lengthy adventurous story book, or when they would make up a story of their own around the campfire.
I never grew up reading books by Dr. Seuss. Oh they were read to us in school, and frankly I always thought the stories never made any sense. Who would ever eat green eggs and ham? Nonsense just didn’t hold my attention.
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No, my stories were exciting and adventurous. My parents always brought home books like the “Best in Children's Books.” My parents or grandparents would read to us until we were old enough to read on our own. Sometimes I had the feeling that they enjoyed the stories just as much as we did. After a chapter was completed and the lights were turned out, my sister and I would discuss the stories before falling asleep and dreaming as though we were in the story.
These books were packed full of wonder. Each one had a variety of tales and we were never bored with the same stories night after night. These stories stimulated our minds; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Daniel Boone, Robinson Crusoe, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Sir Lancelot Knight of the Round Table, Marco Polo’s Travels and many more. And best of all, at the end of every book they would take you to a new faraway place that we had never heard of like; Lets visit Yugoslavia, Lets visit Brazil, or Lets visit Indonesia and so on.
My childhood Yarns and Tales were magical, mysterious and magnificent! I think this is why I am such an avid reader. These same stories were passed down to my own daughter, and I also believe it is why my daughter and my grandsons are such voracious readers. Oh don’t get me wrong, my grand’s still play video games, but they would just as soon curl up with a book. There aren’t too many children that ask to be taken to the Library these days, and it’s a shame. Reading is a wonderful and relaxing pastime.
Read and Expand a mind!