I love all things kids! Kids movies, kids toys (especially Legos!), and definitely kids books! They are usually easier reads, but really draws me in is the use of imagination and the vibrancy of the world and lives within the book. I first read “A Handful of Time“ by Kit Pearson when I was about 10 or 11 years old and it’s still one of my favorites. The description on the back gives a great glimpse into the book without giving it all away:
“When Patricia’s mother sends her to her cousins’ cottage for the summer, Patricia doesn’t want to go. She doesn’t know her cousins at all, and she’s never been good at camping or canoeing, let alone making new friends.
When she arrives at the cottage, her worst fears come true: her cousin Kelly teases her; Aunt Ginnie and Uncle Doug feel sorry for her. She doesn’t fit in. Then Patricia discovers an old watch hidden under a floorboard. When she winds it, she finds herself taken back in time to the summer when her own mother was twelve…”
Hooked yet? I love getting lost in a book-land for hours. Really feeling like I am there, living, breathing with the characters. Sometimes it’s a bit of a jolt coming back to real life, but there is always always something to be learned from a book. Maybe the character is a little like you, maybe they are going through a similar situation, maybe they have a little insight that you didn’t think of. Growing up, I didn’t always feel like I fit in (but then again, who does!), so I really resonated with Patricia and feeling like an outsider. Then again…..things might not always be what they appear….. 😉
Do you have books that you still revisit from your childhood? Perhaps you fell in love with a children’s book as an adult? Let us know your favorites! Post them in the comments below!