Friday, April 4, 2008

Show & Tell Friday,

Go on over to Kelli's to join the fun.

I have loved books all my life. I would rather read than eat. Sad but true. I don't collect a lot of nick~knacks which just require dusting & mean more housework when I could be doing something else ~ like reading. On the other hand my personal library rivals our little island library.
I have inherited from my mother some of the books she loved as a child. Some have a book plate in as they were given as school or Sunday school prizes & these are especially cherished. I have all the Milly~Molly~Mandy books. These are truly lovely stories that have held their appeal for small children. Even my rambunctious boys loved these when they were little. They are just simple stories about everyday happenings in the life of a little girl who lives on her parents farm in the little white cottage with the thatched roof. Even better they now qualify as living books. Like the Little House books they tell of everyday skills that are being lost ~ how to thatch a roof, grow vegetables from seed, quilt a tea cosy, visit the blacksmith's forge.
Sadly my originals have been loved to death. The spines are in a sad way & some of the pages are loose but the stories have recently been republished & I bought my Ditz a copy as she too loved the Milly~Molly~Mandy stories & was inspired to learn how to make potato jackets & toffee from these stories. I hope when she has her own little girl I will be able to pass these on to her & as she snuggles up with her little one she will remember how we used to snuggle up together to read the adventures of Billy Blunt, Little Friend Susan, dog Toby & Milly~Molly~Mandy because
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."
— Walt Disney


Charlotte said...

You sound a lot like my daughter. She isn't into knick knacks (I am.)but nobody loves to read more than she does. When she was a baby she would reach for a book before any toy.
Thank you for sharing.

MamaOlive said...

Please tell me more about Milly-Molly-Mandy. Where can I see/buy it? Sounds lovely.

Simply Heart And Home said...

Many of my favorite books have been worn by too much reading and care. I treasure those even more.



Penless Thoughts said...

Books are among some of my best friends, too!!!

Kindra said...

I just love old books. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Super. When I see you next may I borrow Ditz's MMM books? I only had one (title now forgotten) but I loved it to death.

MMM AND Jonathan Creek - bliss. And I get to see you all too - what more could I want :-)


Ganeida said...

Looking forward to it girl. Gor Dearest hooked on JC too. He's never seen them & actually