I learned to read sitting on Daddy's lap while he read Tarzan comic books to me. He'd place his finger under each word and say it aloud. Lone Ranger comics were his second favorite. I liked the horses--Silver, the Lone Ranger's white stallion, and Scout, Tonto's pinto. I would lose myself in those pictures and stories, dreamed of someday owning a horse.
Anyhow, I've loved books all my life. Books are my friends; I don't give them up easily. If you looked under my beds (7) you'd find boxes of books. Two large bookcases in the family room are crammed with books. Bookcases flank each side of the fireplace in the great room. Two more bookcases line a hallway. Several desks in the house hold books, as do bookshelves in the office.
With the coming of the New Year, I resolved to no longer hoard all my reading materials, so today I started working on the bookshelves in the family room. I haven't gotten far because I've found treasures I don't want to give up.
This version of Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses
is copyrighted 1964.
This version of the same book is copyrighted 1965. Both were illustrated by Ruth Ruhman.
Hopalong Cassidy Takes Cards by Clarence E. Mulford has a copyright date of 1937, so it is older than I am! Daddy liked westerns, so I assume this was once his. I think Hopalong's horse's name was Topper, but can't be sure. I do remember that he was white, but not as pretty as Silver. Guess I need to read the book. Can I ever give up a book that was Daddy's? Hmm. I'll add it to the "To Think About" pile.
This Little Red Riding Hood, copyright 1957, was priced at 19 cents! I always liked Little Red Riding Hood, often read it to my children, probably read it to my little brother, too. On the inside cover it says "Pictures by Zillam Lesko," but there's no mention of the author. If you know the author, please let me know.
On the inside of this 1949 Johnny Appleseed
book, it says "Walt Disney's Johnny Appleseed, Illustrations by The Walt Disney Studio, Adapted by Ted Parmalee from The Walt Disney Motion Picture 'Melody Time'."
I liked Gene Autry, the original singing cowboy. His "singing cowboy/actor" career was interrupted by World War II. While he fought to protect our country, Roy Rogers took his place. Kind of sad, but I liked Roy and his horse Trigger, wife Dale and horse Butterscotch. Gene Autry became the owner of the California Angels. To learn more about him, go to http://www.biography.com/people/gene-autry-9542056
So how many books did I put in the "Give Away" pile today? Three, maybe four, but none of the above.
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