Your Favorite Childhood Book – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 89

Favorite Childhood Book

I loved reading as a kid, and I still love reading today.  Lots of books come to mind, however, my two favorite childhood books (because I CAN’T just choose one) are Amelia Bedelia and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

I can’t remember what grade it was, but I do remember checking out Amelia Bedelia from the school library.  What a cute and funny read.  Amelia Bedelia is hired by Mrs. Rogers to do some chores around the house.  Mrs. Rogers leaves the list for Amelia Bedelia and Mrs. Rogers runs her errands, or goes about her day.  Amelia Bedelia is many things, and literal is one of them.  Before she started tackling the list of chores, she makes a lemon meringue pie.  Then, she gets to work.  She literally “dresses the chicken” sits down and “draws the curtains” at noon; “puts out the lights” on the clothesline; and “dusts” instead of undust the furniture.  When Mrs. Rogers gets home, she is not happy and is about to fire Amelia Bedelia, until she tries a piece of the lemon meringue pie.  Mrs. Rogers is willing to let it slide and keeps Amelia Bedelia on and vows to be more specific when making her list of duties for Amelia Bedelia.

This was such a funny read, even my Mom loved this book.  Anytime I’d talk to my Mom and mention Amelia Bedelia, she starts laughing and goes right to the dress the chicken scene.  Lots of great memories and definitely one of my favorite books.

I was in Kindergarten when I first saw The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and what I loved about this book was how interactive it was.  It’s the story about how the caterpillar hatches from its egg and eats and eats and eats.  He turns into a cocoon and eventually a beautiful butterfly.  I loved the bright, vibrant colors and we got to see how the caterpillar would eat his way through all kinds of foods:  1 apple; 2 pears; 3 plums; 4 strawberries; 5 oranges; as well as pickles; chocolate cake, cherry pie, and cupcake, just to name a few.  We learned counting in this book, the days of the week and different fruits, sweets, and other foods.

As a kid, it was the vibrant colors that always stood out in my mind.  It always stuck with me.  I also remember the odd shape of the book with the plastic covering and the crackling sound it would make when you opened the book and turned the pages.  Loved the hardcover version.  When Elijah was in Kindergarten in 2010, I was very pleased to see they were still sharing The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Brought me back to my childhood and I was able to share it with my kids.  I was even more excited when he brought home the Scholastic Book Order form and it was available to purchase.  I was a very happy Mom.

We have a whole library of books and we love to read with our kids.