All Girls are PrincessesI cannot believe that it's been a whole month since my last blog post - where has the time gone?
So it's time for Sian's Story Telling Sunday once again when a group of bloggers get together to tell tales from far and near. Pop over to her blog to see who has joined in this month and the tales they have to tell. All this year we are telling about our precious things - the things you would save first in an emergency, if you had the opportunity to.
My precious this month laid forgotten on the bottom shelf of Gracia's book case for many, many years but I suddenly remembered it when so many stories were about books last month.
My precious is a book, which is over 100 years old and belonged to my Nana when she was a girl, it is very battered and has pages that are loose and some are missing. There is the brown sticky evidence of attempted repair with sticky tape and also on the back page evidence of a toddler's scribble!
This is the first book I can remember reading independantly, although I must have read others prior to this one as I wasn't a child genius who read complicated stories at a young age. It was also the first proper book that David read to Gracia when she was three. Up until she was 13 or 14 (don't let her know I told you this) he would read to her for an hour each night. They have enjoyed many, many books from classics to modern literature. When Gracia was three having read all the Mr Men and Little Miss books to her and having become thoroughly bored with three year old literature he asked me if I had anything more interesting to read. I fished out this book and he read it to her, stopping to explain words she didn't understand or to discuss what was happening in the story. I firmly believe that this book gave her the same life long love of reading that it gave to me.
So although it is very battered and worn the illustrations are still beautiful and the story is timeless. It has a lasting effect on me as I still firmly believe 'All girls are princesses', and when she was a little girl, I spent many happy hours making Gracia and her best doll matching outfits!
A huge thank you to my Nana for giving it to me and to David for reading it to Gracia. They never looked back after reading this and went on to read The Secret Garden and many, many other stories and never again read a Mr Men book or anything like it.
By the way when Gracia started school her teacher was amazed at her vocabulary and I have no doubt that this was all down to David and his love of reading quality fiction to her.
Reasons to be Cheerful:-
1. That all three of us have a deep seated love of reading.
2. Now you may be surprised at this one - the invention of Kindles as now I can take as many books as I want with me and carry mine in my handbag all the time so I can read when I have a spare 5 minutes.
3. That I remembered this book as it has brought back so many happy childhood memories.
If you have enjoyed reading this, even if you haven't, I suggest you may like to pop on over to Sian's blog to read about other peoples adventures with their precious items.