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    Childhood Memories

    For some reason, a book I remember from my childhood popped into my mind a while ago, and as it was out-of-print, it was hard to find. I managed to find it online in a small library in SE Minn., and through the magic of interlibrary loan, I am enjoying it with my kids now.

    It made me wonder what books all of you remember reading/having read to you as kids.

    (The book I rediscovered was called "Miss Lollipop's Lion".)


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    "Danny and the Dinosaur" or something like that. I remember that being the first book that I memorized and could repeat it word for word - well before I could read.



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    I'm not sure I had a favorite book, but I remember enjoying the Berenstain Bears and Mercer Meyer's Critter books. I never searched them out, but I did find at garage sales some of the same titles I read as a kid. I hadn't thought about those books for years, but I was amazed how much of the books I remembered when I read them with my kids.



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    Velveteen Rabbit... And I probably read IT by Steven King at way too young of an age, that sticks out at me too!



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    Nice. I'm having a faint memory of some Berenstain Bears books that had a spot in the back with an audio cassette. I think they left one side blank so you could record your own story.



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    Re: Childhood Memories

    It was a few years back but one of the boys had an assignment to read one of their parents favorite childhood books with them. I always remembered a book called "The Five Chinese Brothers".We sent the request in to the library so he could bring it home only to find out the book has been banned. The librarian liked he book so she had kept her copy at home and brought it in for us. It was a great story written in 1938. It was banned because it wasn't PC enough for modern times. Another great example of extreme censorship in America.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CYKID View Post
    It was a few years back but one of the boys had an assignment to read one of their parents favorite childhood books with them. I always remembered a book called "The Five Chinese Brothers".We sent the request in to the library so he could bring it home only to find out the book has been banned. The librarian liked he book so she had kept her copy at home and brought it in for us. It was a great story written in 1938. It was banned because it wasn't PC enough for modern times. Another great example of extreme censorship in America.
    I read the heck out of that book as a kid! I got it from my library recently, and was surprised about the content.

    I am a big opponent of banning books. Here's the American Library Association's information about banned books.

    ALA | Challenged and Banned Books


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    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKyro View Post
    Nice. I'm having a faint memory of some Berenstain Bears books that had a spot in the back with an audio cassette. I think they left one side blank so you could record your own story.
    I forgot about books with recordings. I loved the books I had that came with records. I had a couple Star Wars and Bugs Bunny books. I had a set of five books based on Gremlins that I got from Hardees that were just about the most awesome thing in the world. Good times.



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    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    I read the heck out of that book as a kid! I got it from my library recently, and was surprised about the content.

    I am a big opponent of banning books. Here's the American Library Association's information about banned books.

    ALA | Challenged and Banned Books
    I'm not a fan of banning books, but some of those children's books from 50 years ago and older are pretty bad. My wife has one of her dad's old books. It's about five baby black bears who paint themselves because they really want to be white. Their names are Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe, and Nig. Nig is the naughty one. I don't think I'm going to read that one to my kids.

    A little OT, but has anyone seen the DVD collections of the Looney Tunes cartoons? They have big warnings about how they may not be suitable for children because of violence and racial images. I've watched a few of them with my kids, but some of the violence is a big turn off.



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    I only glaced at a list on the link from isucyfan. The one that shocked me was Beloved. They mention language and other sexual things not suited for that age. -I'm sorry, but where on a book does it have the suggested age????
    I think I first read Beloved when I was at ISU.



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    Hatchet. By far my favorite childhood book.


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    My favorite childhood book was Samuel Eliot Morrisson's "Official History of the US Navy In WWII."

    Actually, it was 13 or 14 volumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AIT View Post
    I'm not a fan of banning books, but some of those children's books from 50 years ago and older are pretty bad. My wife has one of her dad's old books. It's about five baby black bears who paint themselves because they really want to be white. Their names are Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe, and Nig. Nig is the naughty one. I don't think I'm going to read that one to my kids.

    A little OT, but has anyone seen the DVD collections of the Looney Tunes cartoons? They have big warnings about how they may not be suitable for children because of violence and racial images. I've watched a few of them with my kids, but some of the violence is a big turn off.
    I don't disagree with some of the content of some books being outdated and harmful. I just think that parents should be the ultimate gatekeeper to what their child is reading, not a committee.

    For adult books, if you don't agree with it, don't read it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    Hatchet. By far my favorite childhood book.
    Good choice, you beat me to it.

    I was actually telling a coworker about this book earlier this morning. It came to my mind as I was reading an article about small carp eating dead skin off of people's feet as part of a spa treatment... reminded me of what Brian saw as he searched the plane wreckage underwater...

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    The Boxcar Children --- HUGE favorite
    Where the Wild Things Are --- STILL great
    Willy Wonka and the ..... --- another fond memory



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