Memorial day is a day to remember and honor those who have given their life in service to our country. In brief silence, I thought about all the young men who fought for us. I thought about my father who served in the Navy and how grateful I am that he is alive and healthy. And I thought about the days I missed my father while he was away overseas.
During this time, books helped me cope with the absence of my dad. It comforted me by transporting me into a fantasy world of make-believe. During my birthdays and at Christmas (the times when my dad was away), I always received Little Golden Books from my mom. Many of you know them as the books with the gold foil spine. My favorite Little Golden Book? The Monster At The End of This Book, by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin. Published in 1971, this book sold for only 39 cents. Today, it cost $3.99. If you are a collector, you can find the first edition of this book for $20.
This was the funniest book I've ever read... and still is. Yes, it's silly but I love the fact that my favorite Sesame Street character, Grover, was talking to me. The fun and humor pulled me into the story. It was my escape from reality.
The Little Golden Books will always remind me of those months my dad had been away and the joy I had when he finally came home...and he always did.
Do you remember your first children's book? What kind of memories does it bring you?