We went back to the States for two years when I was 8 and 9 and I promptly found the rest of the Oz books in the library. It was very hard to find English books in Taiwan and I hadn't been old enough to take the bus alone to the bookstore, so the U.S. was book paradise.
We traveled with my dad around the eastern United States raising support to come back to Taiwan, and staying in people's homes was bliss. The first thing I said in every home was "Where are your books?" and you didn't see me anymore. I was immersed in other worlds while absorbing the atmosphere of the homes we stayed in. It was a glorious childhood.
We hadn't had a TV in Taiwan, and now we were watching cartoons at Gramma's. However, very early on when I was eight, on one of those perpetual car trips up and down the Eastern seaboard, I remember crying in the back seat as I heard my dad telling my mom we weren't going to watch TV anymore (except for "Discovery" and "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" it turned out). This was perhaps just as well, considering that my favorite TV shows at the time were "The A-Team", "Dungeons and Dragons", and "The Dukes of Hazzard". +/-
But books gave me that same movie feel inside my head, and here are the books that have stuck in my head as pseudo memories:
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The Oz Books by L. Frank Baum
e-book and audio
Some covers I especially remember reading to my mom, in no particular order:
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh 尼姆的秘密 by Robert C. O'Brian
Read it to my parents.
Robin Hood 囉 賓 漢 by Howard Pyle
Heidi 海蒂 by Johanna Spyri
ebook and audio
Heidi's valley today ... +/-
We were homeschooled, and when we were staying with my paternal Gramma down in St. Petersberg, Florida, my dad got the key to the empty church building during the week and my mom would pick a classroom to teach us in. I still remember stretching out with my homework on the preschooler's bright yellow and orange shag carpet and the church smell of halls and empty classrooms. It was like having our own secret clubhouse. Outside was a huge Florida field with a lone spanish tree with spanish moss hanging down and we would take breaks and eat tuna fish sandwiches out there. Of course every spare minute I got was spent raiding the church library and I know I read at least this next book there:
Black Beauty 黑骏馬 by Anna Sewell
e-book and audio
Little Women 小婦人 by Louisa May Alcott
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
e-book and audio
Jo marries Professor Bhaer and they have a family/school of their own.
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
(true story mostly, and I adored the cover art by Trina Schart Hyman)
Daniel Boone (a true story)
I don't remember which biography of his I read, except that it was fairly complete and adult, so this is the closest picture to what the book made me feel like that I can find.
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
(true story mostly)
Read the whole set to my mom and 15 years later I read them all to my dad, and with various English students through the years.
Little Britches by Ralph Moody (a true story)
The Hardy Boys by Leslie Macfarlane aka. Franklin W. Dixon +/-
At that age, my imagination was so vivid I was putting myself into the stories I read as a shadowy extra character. I read as many as I could get my hands on.
Rascal 小 浣 熊 by Sterling North (a true story)
Trixie Belden and the Red Trailer Mystery
Trixie scorned dresses, wore jeans and had her hair cut short like a boy's. I never wanted to be like her sartorially (Ozma already had my heart) but years later I went "A-ha!" when wondering how women got brainwashed out of beautiful clothes and into men's work clothes. Not that I held Trixie responsible but she was indicative of that mindset.
Child Abuse in the Classroom by Phyllis Schafly
Read this to my parents. It's why lots of people homeschool.
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