Today’s question from the Great Books Week Blog Tour was a bit more difficult to answer.
When I was a child, my favorite book was… because….
I remember voraciously reading all the books of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (I like the old cover better), Amelia Bedelia, and Madeline. I also loved Carol and Donald Carrick books. Two more memorable reads (perhaps I always knew I was going to be a teacher) are My Teacher Sleeps in School and Miss Nelson is Missing!
I loved them all (still have many of them) and could talk in length about why each one is great, but I decided to share what I think is a lesser-known book (also part of a series).
All-of-a-Kind Family is about a poor, Jewish family living in New York City during the time of World War I. Growing up as one of the few Jewish children in a very small, Protestant town (I was one of two “token Jews” in my school that was called upon to talk about Chanukah each December), it was nice to see my faith and culture reflected in a book. It made me feel more connected somehow. And as an only child, reading about five sisters – their relationships with one another and how they lived – was completely novel to me. So simply put (better late than never), when I was a child, my favorite book was All-of-a-Kind Family because it was the first time I remember seeing someone like me in a book.
What was your favorite?