Reading is perhaps my absolute favorite pastime and whether or not I consciously choose readers as friends, I’m not sure, but almost all of my friends have an interest in literature.
One thing I have observed is that reading starts early in life, often with parents or grandparents and bedtime stories. I remember, as I grew old enough to read by myself I found escape in suspenseful adventure stories. Born and raised in England, Enid Blyton’s stories of adventure and the famous five series’ were my absolute favorites. They featured children of my age or a little older, doing things I was either to scarred to even thing about or wouldn’t dare do, whatever it was, it kept me turning the pages of a magical, imaginary world. Visit the Enid Blyton Society for a trip down memory lane. http://enidblytonsociety.co.uk
The picture to the right, a delightful image of children reading, possibly late Victoria era, could be Anna as a toddler and her brother Charlie. Anna the protagonist in my novel The Blue Pendant, makes several references to children’s literature; Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland and Beatrix Potter’s, Benjamin Bunny and Jemima Puddle Duck. Anna yearned for adventure, gleaned from stories her Uncle Bertie told her of British India and he introduced her to Rudyard Kipling, who, early in the story was her favourite author. Anna’s thirst for adventure was at first quenched by books and without a doubt, together with Uncle Bertie’s encouragement, lead her to seek her own adventures and a strong desire for independence. The Blue Pedant is the story of Anna’s journey that is a far greater struggle in person than in books.
I have yet to see how an electronic device can take the place of a paper book. Don’t get me wrong I have an e-reader and I download ebooks as well as buying paper books. But I am not sure a plastic device can replace the magic of flipping the pages of a bedtime story.
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