Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday Morning at the Library

 

When I was 5 years old, I was forced to take dancing lessons while the Brother was forced to take accordion lessons. I hated dancing class. The Knights of Columbus Hall where the classes were given had no heat or it wasn't turned on. I hated wearing the pink beginner tights. I liked clacking around in the tap shoes, but Ma wouldn't let me practice inside the house on the wood floors. I spent most of my time in class being miserable and crying. Eventually, I was taken out of class.

While the Brother still had to endure accordion lessons, Dad took me to the library. He would leave me upstairs in the children's library where I could look at the books and choose to take some books home with my own library card. As I got older, I would go downstairs to the adult library and wander among the stacks enjoying the scent of the books before going to find Dad in the reference area consulting the law books and catching up on his work.

So for the next several weeks, a list of my favorite books, some I have read as a child, others as an adult and some  I have read more than once.

This week, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey was a favorite of Himself when he was a little kid, and it quickly became a favorite with the girlies. The story goes a family of ducks makes its way through Boston traffic to try to find a new home.

If you haven't read this book, you can find it at your public library or favorite bookstore.


The Eldest and Mrs. Mallard


The Young One and Mrs. Mallard

At four year old, each girl got a trip into Boston to visit Mrs. Mallard and her family at the Boston Public Gardens and to take a ride on the swan boats.

12 comments:

  1. OH I adore this book. And BLueberries for Sal too. And One Morning in Maine. Can I saw I am a big McClosky fan? (And yes, I still have these books.) Thanks for sharing, and I love the photos of the girls in Boston. What cuties they were. Hugs-Erika

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    1. I forgot about Blueberries for Sal. I wonder if I still have the book around.

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  2. I know I must have read it as a kid but I don't remember it at all...... :-/

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    1. Captain Kangaroo read it on the show, but maybe that was for the Boston market

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  3. Another book I've not heard of, BUT I sure love the photos of your girls at four.

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    1. Too bad we couldn't keep them little for longer

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  5. My kids loved this book when they were little. We still have it around here somewhere...

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