Books, Daily Life, Thursday Thoughts

I opened a book…..

'That book is still floating around the system.'

Not quite the same expression one of our lovely local librarians came out with when she was trying to find a book that wasn’t where it was supposed to be.  Here’s the ‘clean’ version –  ‘People can be quite annoying, they pick up a book intending to borrow it, change their mind and shelf it any just old where’.  I think she was a little frazzled because some local primary school children had tested her patience earlier that morning.  I heard from a friend who’d been there at the time, they’d been right little ‘know it alls’ and the teacher hadn’t been much use either lol

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After not being able to find the book I was looking for she then tried to get me interested in ebooks – no luck there either lol.  I’m trying to lose myself again I said, the words might be the same but they won’t appeal to me if they are written on a hard bit of plastic rather than a real book.  My mother always said once I got my nose in a book I was lost to the world – somehow you can’t get your nose into a piece of plastic the way you can a real book. 🙂

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It was those same words of my mum’s that popped  into my mind when I came across this lovely little illustration on fb the other day.  I asked ‘Mr G’ about the words and he told me they are from a lovely poem written by children’s author Julia Donaldson, who among many things was Children’s Laureate 2011-2013

imageThey are the first two lines of the poem entitled ‘I Opened a Book’ included in Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum, an anthology of children’s poems published by MacMillan 2004.

Read these delightful words slowly and I bet you will have a knowing smile on your face by the end.

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Find out about this talented lady in the links below

http://www.juliadonaldson.co.uk/about.htm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/8567943/A-childhood-dream-come-true.html

5 thoughts on “I opened a book…..”

  1. She is so very right.
    I am fat with books (among other things).
    Like you, I am not fond of e-books. I will read them if I have no choice, but I do like the feel, the weight, the smell of what I continue to consider ‘real’ books.

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  2. I haven’t gotten into e-books yet. Although I just started reading a digital version of the newspaper and I do like it. I also get the hard copy version.

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  3. The picture and quote of the little girl makes me think of when I was about seven years old….myself and a book went inside one of those metal sheds and held up for long enough that my mum got worried. The neighbors were all out helping her look for me though I didn’t hear a thing, so focused in the story. When I emerged she nearly killed me and didn’t believe me as to where and what I was up to. She couldn’t believe I wouldn’t hear them yelling for me. I was just lost in the book!

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