What books did you read when you’re growing up? When I was a little girl. I did not exactly have the privileges of being showered by loads of books and toys at my every whim and fancy like kids these days does. I was born when my father was still a university student, and raising me was quite a task to my parents. We’re always on budget, and I grew up watching my father juggling his time being a student, a husband, and a father.
I grew up in a place called Coventry. A small town in England and was not easy for us as there’s always strain on money. But we were happy. I was happy, though I was not showered with material possession at my every whim and fancy. I did not feel I lacked anything, though. I was quite a docile child. I did not throw tantrum often, pretty easy to reason with and I don’t demand for things that I want, so, if my parents says I can’t have something because they don’t have enough money, I will forget about it.
Once a week, my father would bring me to those Boot Sale… where people sell their goods straight from their car boots. Most of the times, those goods are second hand goods. 😀 I loved this time of the week the most, because my father would buy me those second hand toys and books for me. They were very cheap. One could get a teddy bear at as low as 20p each, and second hand books at 10p each. That was a real bargain to us, considering all of the goods are usually in tip top condition.
I can still remember. My father bought me A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster, Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers, St. Clare’s and many more books by Ladybird’s Publication. My father bought a lot of books for me to read from the Boot Sale. And I would be really ecstatic because I don’t need to return them to the library once I finish reading them.
I love A Little Princess and Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers and St. Clare’s the most. Do you know what these books have in common? The plot of these books are set in boarding or Independent Schools. Books that’s centered around boarding schools really intrigue me. They’re usually very descriptive, and gets my imagination goes amok. I could wonder all night long on how huge and castle-like those boarding schools looks like and how ancient their libraries are.
Sometimes, apart from imagining how beautiful their school is, my mind would also stray to their libraries, where thousands of books and scriptures are kept for the benefit of the students.
Boarding schools’ libraries are always a mystery to me. I always imagine the characters in the books walking around in the middle of the night with a torchlight or a candle to look for some books to solve some mysteries or a murder.
I also admire the characters in those stories. School is always a part of their lives, and there will be a lot of adventures and misadventures in those Independent or boarding schools. I love to read about the characters’ antics during their term in school, and it really amaze me on how independent they can be.
And like many boarding school students… the students are usually smart and studious…well, they are, most of the time… when they’re not up to any mischief, that is.
I wonder if parents these days still buy classic story books for their children to read? I did not see much parents encouraging their children to read classics. I wonder why? Classics are a part of literary component and I think classic stories such as these instill great moral values to the readers too. Apart from high moral values, these classics too, emphasize on how important it is to be well mannered, having structures in their life and also how crucial it is to have a disciplined life.
Cleffairy: I don’t get it. Why…classics seems to be forgotten by today’s parents and teachers? Education is not just about exams, you know?