Childhood VI – Reading


“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book” (Proust). Growing up with reading is something that I will cherish for a long time. I remember starting out reading books by Dr. Seuss, one of the most famous childrens’ authors of all time. I always enjoyed the illustrations on each page and how each one has a burst of creativity on it. They were the kind of images that could never escape your mind. Of course now, all the English teachers at my school criticize them by saying that they can be misleading and it is what limits the child’s creativity. Well, I completely disagree with that; children use those pictures as a guide to help them understand the reading at such an early age. They can not be held accountable for understanding every word in the text.  Anyway, it seems as though every kid in America at one time was read a picture book before going to bed or curled up in a parents lap next to a fireplace. These classic stories continue on into the later years- even after that child has grown up. Don’t think they go away forever! You might end up reading it to your child or grandchild… or better yet… see a movie based on that book! Over the years, books have been transformed into movies with an extended plot line. This weekend, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs was released as a movie; one of my favorite books to read as a child.

With no doubt, the one that the public is most excited for is the movie Where The Wild Things Are, which is released October 16th. The preview of the film looks so deep; it sends shivers down the spine… “Inside all of us is hope, fear,  adventure, and a wild thing” I’ve heard that the director added an extended plot to that movie to give it a realistic meaning.  I found out a pretty nice selection of artwork for the movie created by a large number of artists with different renditions. Click Here. Even if you are now past childhood, it really still is a movie for everyone. It’s nice to look back at those earlier years and this movie provides a key to that gate that has locked up your childhood forever. See the movie and release your inner wild thing; it has been waiting to come out all these years!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Connor on September 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    omg. this was amazing michael. ❤
    my favorite "childhood" post.

    i also got shivers when i watched the trailer

    inside all of us is… hope
    inside all of us is… fear
    inside all of us is… adventure
    inside all of us is a wild thing

    eeee! i love that. i would *totally* trade seeing this with you than seeing 500 days of summer with you. ;(

    gosh, i vividly remember when i was in kindergarden & first grade i would always ask my teacher, mrs. freitag, (yeah, still remember her name, but idk if the e and i are in the right order) to read where the wild things are. i *loved* that book.

    when i was a lil guy, i'd read goodnight moon all the time with my mom 🙂

    i also remember always always always reading "junie b jones" when i was a little older in the 1st and 2nd grades.

    what books did you read when you were a lil tyke?

  2. oh my! It is so hard to remember that far back! There are just too many to remember. I remember reading Dr. Seuss, Wayside School books, Magic Tree House series, Robert Munsch books, BOB books, roald dahl books, shel silverstein poems… thats all I can think of at the moment.

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