The Lonely Doll - Edith was a lonely little girl living alone in Manhattan who befriends Little Bear and Mr. Bear. When she misbehaves and gets spanked by Mr. Bear, she pleads with him, "Do anything you want, just don't leave me." Funny, but I seem to recall a similar sentiment in the title of a Joyce Carol Oates' novel, Do With Me What You Will.
The Story About Ping is a tale of a little yellow duck who accidentally gets separated from his family and winds up lost and alone on the Yangtze River.
Black Beauty is the adored stallion who lives a good life with gentle masters until he suddenly finds himself being used as a work horse for cruel masters.
A Wrinkle in Time is the adventures of Meg and her little brother Charles who go on a search for their scientist father who has disappeared in a tesseract.
Babar is the little elephant who witnesses the brutal slaughter of his mother and then wanders into the city to eventually become King of the Elephants.
Where the Wild Things Are - most everyone know this story about the mischevious Max being sent to his room and embarking on a fantastical adventure.
I asked myself why I was writing such a blog post. I mean who really cares what books I read as a child but me. But I do and it gives me insight into my child's mind. I absolutely loved Black Beauty. I can remember turning the filmy pages that covered every illustration with such care.
It's sort of funny in a sad way that I always remembered this book as being mine -- a gift from my father. As it turns out decades later my sister gave me this book from our childhood because she knew I loved it. The inscription was to my darling daughter [only it was my sister, not me], love Dad. It broke my heart to read it all those years later and although I still have the book packed away in a box, I have not looked at it again. I would prefer to remember it only as the book I loved.
Actually I loved all these books. Oh yeah, I forgot one. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Suess. I loved Horton sitting on that abandoned egg through public humiliation, bad weather, everything imaginable, and staying put until the egg hatched.
I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant is faithful one hundred percent.
My parents forgot their oath to care for, protect, and nurture the five children they brought into the world.