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As long as I can remember, I have loved to read. It took no convincing for me to dive into a book and to only come up for air when I absolutely had to. I loved mysteries and fantasies, historical fiction and adventure stories all equally well. I also love to read and memorize poetry. This has been a love that I shared with my mother throughout my life. We lost her last week, just a few months past her 100th birthday. Thinking about all that she has meant to me, my memories of shared moments with books and poetry with her are some of my very favorite.
Poetry: These will be listed in the order that I recall them from my childhood! I've included links so that you can read them online.
Little Orphan Annie by James Whitcomb Riley
'Jest Fore Christmas by Eugene Field
If by Rudyard Kipling
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
The Duel by Eugene Field (I wrote a post about how to use this poem as a gift!)
Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Children's Hour by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Swing by Robert Louis Stevenson
My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Books: This will not be a complete list because I am working from memory, but I hope it will inspire you to read a few of these if you haven't done so.
This is an edition patterned after the original Winnie-the-Pooh collection by A. A. Milne.
Any animal loving child will enjoy the fantastical stories of the famous Doctor Doolittle who could talk to animals and who also was friends with exotic fantastical animals! I don't feel any movie can do the book justice!
Robert Louis Stevenson stories were a favorite when I was a child! Treasure Island is one of his best! I've loved the book and the movies over the years! And, don't miss Kidnapped!
The Swiss Family Robinson is the original story of survival in the wilderness! It stirs the imagination.
The Scarlet Pimpernel was promoted to me by my mom very strongly and her opinion was correct! My mom didn't steer me away from adventure and swashbuckling stories, that's for sure!
Since the time that my mother recommended Little Women to me, I've probably read it a dozen times, always crying at the sad parts.
Jane Eyre is definitely a chick book, lol. My sons who had to read it in High School hated it. I always loved it and re-read it a few times.
Yes, I got my love of all things Austen from my mother. Pride and Prejudice was the first of herbooks that I read.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was one of my favorites when I was in about 7th grade and appears to be in high demand again today.
Rabbit Hill is a great book for the animal loving and imaginative youthful reader. I loved it as a kid and still think of scenes from this classic today.
Books we enjoyed together as I grew older: I couldn't leave these books out because I have such clear memories of reading them at the same time and then discussing them with my mom.
All Creatures Great and Small and Herriot's follow-up novels about his life as a vet in rural England are simply delightful. My mom and I loved them!
As an adult, my mom is the one who introduced me to my beloved Mitford Series, heart warming books about an Evangelical Priest and his giant dog. "Philippians 4:13 for Pete's sake!"
Here are more posts about my awesome mom:
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!