Thursday, March 07, 2013

Childhood books, rediscovered

It was World Book Day today. I must confess to feeling slightly ashamed at making my children raid their fancy dress pile when I got to school and saw all sorts of wonderful creations.  Must. Try. Harder.

They did at least decide for themselves.  Right down to Theo's knight not actually even being a character from a story.  He insisted he was a knight from his pop up information book on castles and no suggestion of any story involving a knight would convince him otherwise.

Freyja chose first to wear her Halloween cat costume and we then found a story to fit.  When we were in France last summer, I sorted through a load of books in the kids' bedroom, which was mine and my sister's room when we were younger and still full of our old books. One of the books was my copy of Gobbolino the Witch's Cat.  Inside the cover I have written 'Solveig Tryggvason, 7 years old', the age Freyja is now.  I can actually remember reading that book, and Freyja, though she hasn't read it, has been quite taken with the idea of me reading it as a 7 year old. So she elected to be Gobbolino and took my battered old book to show her class.

At bedtime, she told me she had read the first few pages, realised Gobbolino was a boy, and switched  to be his sister Sootica instead.

Freyja has been reading various fairy and princess books but at the moment her reader is The BFG, which I am delighted about because she chose it herself,  a welcome change, she is really enjoying it and I am really enjoying it too.  We are finding ourselves with the clock creeping towards 8pm while she reads to me because the story is so great that we want to keep going.

I am so looking forward to rediscovering favourite childhood books with my children.


Blogger Rowan said...

I read that when I was about that age. I bought it for the boys a year or so ago but they weren't interested. Ho hum :(

10:36 pm  
Blogger solveig said...

I'm desperate for Freyja to read the Magic Faraway Tree and she's having none of it...

1:45 pm  

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