Two of those books where mostly board games with storytelling intertwined; the other 4 where the Disney’s princess fairy tales movies turned into books (Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty); and the last one, the last one was my personal favorite. It was a spiral-bound, suitcase shaped, story book with a few games in some of its pages. The book was a series of short stories (one related to the next) about forest creatures and their everyday lives. It had mice, birds, squirrels, bunnies, foxes, turtles, and others, as well as dragons, gnomes, fairies, and elves. It was a beautiful story about friendship and love, about mischiefs vs intentional harm. The type of story that its meant to teach kids a moral lesson.
I used to know this book by heart, word by word, picture by picture. That is how much I loved it. Taking it in my hands and re-reading its pages brings back all the memories of the great times I spend as a kid pretending to run through those same woods. I can only see this book with the utmost fondness. This is a book that my mom read to me before going to bed and that I picked right up the next morning. I remember carrying the book everywhere I went, even though at the time, to me that book seemed like a giant.
I hadn't thought about this book in years, in fact, I’m ashamed to say that I had completely forgotten about it until today. So I began to search for it, and truth be told I still have the book with me, sort of. My sister had taken it without consent (nothing new here), but it’s the only surviving remnant of my childhood escapades into fantastical worlds. The other six books have long ago visited the trash can; unfortunately, those didn't survive my (10 years younger) sister.
Right now some of its pages have loosened up; it is a spiral-bound after all, but it’s still complete. Because of the great memories, it still has that power to pull me in make me loose myself on its pages.
Now I ask you, did you ever had a book that you treasured more than the others, a book that it’s close to your heart because it brings back childhood memories of far simpler times, when your biggest problems where the fictional kind?
Which book was your childhood favorite?
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