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Early Memories On Reading Essay

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My earliest memories related to reading I can scarcely remember not being able to read. I do have one memory of looking at the cover of a paperback book. The background was yellowish-orange, and the illustration was a pen and ink drawing of a young man, climbing along some rocks and looking over his shoulder. I recall making up a story about how he was running away from someone who was trying to hurt him. Years later, I found the book: it was kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. I couldn't have been more than three or four when I saw that book for the first time. If it seems unbelievable that I could remember that far back, I think that the earliest memories I have are related to reading and, in fact, may well be due to reading. An older sister taught me to read when I was three. She made me learn the alphabet, and from there I moved on to sight words. I would learn a word and look for it in books for the rest of the day. My mother likes to talk about the day my word du jour was "the." I sat in the middle of the kitchen floor while she tried to make supper, pointing out one "the" after another, and each time she bent down and admired it. I don't recall when it all came together for me, and I became a reader. I remember Golden Books, two in particular. One was called Nurse Nancy and was about a little girl who liked to play nurse, putting Band-Aids on everyone in sight. The book originally came with a set of real Band-Aids, but by the time the book made it to me from two older sisters, the Band-Aids were long gone. What did I read? I had a huge book of fairy tales with dark and strange illustrations, all browns and golds, which I read over and over. Mr Widdle and the Sea Breeze by Jo Ann Stover Mr. Pudgins by Ruth Christoffer Carlsen The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall Charlotte's Web Dr. Doolittle The Cruise of the Aardvark, a poem by Ogden Nash in picture book form with illustrations by Wendy Watson, from which I learned words such as "extensile" and "tubilidentate." Although I read whatever I could, I had a leaning toward fantasy that became a plunge when my oldest sister read The Hobbit aloud to me over the course of a summer. From there I read the Chronicles of Narnia, the...

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