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Re: Do you remember the first book you have ever read?
« Reply #25 on: December 28, 2005, 08:07:14 PM »
The answer to this for me is no.  I cannot even remember learning to read.  It seems like something I've always known how and needed to do, like breathing. :)  My earliest memories are of being read to, various golden books, lots of stories involving animals such as The Incredible Journey, Plague Dogs (go nightmares on that one). 
I do remember being captivated by the Silver Brumby series (probably only Australians or New Zealanders will know them) and absolutely loving The Horse and his boy (A Narnia chronicle).  I had a horse obsession...well I still do really. :)
I also had the advantage of being completely unrestricted in what I could get my hands on to read, so I went through my parent's book collections while still in primary school.  Lots of pulpy action fiction like Clive Cussler (sex, guns, scuba diving.) and heaps of Science fiction - Heinlein, Aldiss, Larry Niven etc. 
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Re: Do you remember the first book you have ever read?
« Reply #26 on: December 28, 2005, 09:11:44 PM »
I can't remember that far back. Probably some Dr. Suess book, I would guess. I had a lot of those.
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Re: Do you remember the first book you have ever read?
« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2005, 06:12:30 AM »
I can't remember that far back. Probably some Dr. Suess book, I would guess. I had a lot of those.

Heh, quite possibly likewise.
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Re: Do you remember the first book you have ever read?
« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2005, 06:40:31 AM »
The Dark Lord of Pengersick by Richard Carlyon

I still get the feeling that Georg Lucas ripped off his story partly from that book.

Thinking about it, I should read it again sometime.




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Re: Do you remember the first book you have ever read?
« Reply #29 on: January 06, 2006, 02:09:37 AM »
Just curious, both about memory in this respect and what was the people's first touch with literature. Yes, I mean a "literature book" not a school book. ;)

So, for me it was "the Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis (I had an edition with all of them in one book)

I don't remember specifically, i'm certain there were many children's books I read at a young age - I can only assume you are discounting Look At Spot type books for yourself - but the first lengthy story I can recall reading are Famous Five books. I read short Enid Blyton stories before that, but Famous Five were probably my first full books.

EDIT: Now that i've had a think I ALSO recall reading Green Eggs and Ham several times over with my Gran at a very young age. That, of ourse, is still post real earning to read books from the Jack and Jane/Spot areas.
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Re: Do you remember the first book you have ever read?
« Reply #30 on: January 06, 2006, 09:00:42 PM »
"Literature" is a little bit subjective, but I remember when I was 9, I came up with a goal of reading every Newberry Award book before I was 10. The only ones that really stuck with me (and that I purchased as an adult) were "The Twenty-One Balloons" by William Pène du Bois and "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg.

Some of my favorite books that I read over and over when I was a kid were: "Bunnicula," "Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang," "How to Eat Fried Worms," "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" (I read the Beezus and Ramona stuff, too, but mice and motorcycles were more my style), the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series, anything by Roald Dahl, Richard Peck's books featuring Blossom Culp, and I had a huge crush on Alvin Fernald, a.k.a. Superweasel.

Oh, and I read the Bible a lot as a kid. To me, it was the equivalent of reading Aesop's Fables.
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Re: Do you remember the first book you have ever read?
« Reply #31 on: January 06, 2006, 09:15:16 PM »

Oh, and I read the Bible a lot as a kid. To me, it was the equivalent of reading Aesop's Fables.
LOL To me it seemed like I was reading another work of mythology.
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Re: Do you remember the first book you have ever read?
« Reply #32 on: January 07, 2006, 11:40:22 PM »
I read the bible too. The stories about Ruth and Esther and Judith were my favourites - action, swords, frocks and wheat. Terrific. Also, my mum and dad would come along and say "Why are you still up? What are you reading?" and when I showed them it was the family bible it was always good for another half-hour.
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