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Old 09-03-2009   #1
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Your first book

I thought this might be a fun thread for people to share memories of their first book (assuming one can remember it). It could be the first book you remember reading, the first book you purchased yourself, or simply a book that was important to you at a very young age.

The first thing I ever bought with my own money was, I'm proud to say, a book. I recall saving up $10 to purchase Mercer Mayer's One Monster After Another. It took a while to save up for it and was all the money I had in the world. I was about 5, I believe.



A sign of things to come? I still have the book to this day, plus the book-buying habit it created. As they say, old habits die hard.

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Re: Your first book

Other than a Gingerbread Man story book, the earliest books I remember receiving were four Dr. Seuss titles: The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Hop on Pop. I was in kindergarten.

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Re: Your first book

Probably these two. "Platero y Yo" (Platero and I), and "El Principito" (The Little Prince).

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Re: Your first book

It wasn't my first book - i can't remember it to be honest- but it was the first book that had serious impact on me. That was Ende's, Momo. Such a wonderful story. I'm reading it again these days, after twenty years.

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Re: Your first book

Before my 12th year I only read comics and I didn't like what I termed 'books without pictures'. All this changed with The Lord of the Rings, which my cousin had recommended to me. I read it, lived in Middle Earth for several unforgettable months, and came back wanting to be a writer. So Tolkien changed my life or, put another way, woke something in me which had been lying dormant during my childhood years, for I was already fascinated by language ever since I was 7 years old. The Lord of the Rings was my gateway to the literary future which is my present.
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Re: Your first book

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It wasn't my first book - i can't remember it to be honest- but it was the first book that had serious impact on me. That was Ende's, Momo. Such a wonderful story.
This is the one with the grey men who steal time, right? My mother read that to me.

My first book was probably Eventyr om nisser og trolde (original Swedish title: Bland tomtar och troll, English title: Among Gnomes and Trolls), a collection of Swedish folk tales illustrated by John Bauer, full of stuff like this:



Also, like Jezetha, I have never really recovered from reading Tolkien. My father's copy of Hobbitten (The Hobbit, obviously) had this map printed on the back cover, and I think that, at that age, the map fascinated me as much as the story itself.
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Re: Your first book

This may not be my actual first book, but it is the first one I remember:



The Mystery of the Loch Ness Monster, by Jeanne Bendick. I got this book when I was 7, and it t started my lifelong interest in the unexplained. Amazingly, I still have it, 33 years later. It is written with a younger audience in mind, and there is at least one drawing or photo on just about every page. It even has a bibliography and index - to this day, nonfiction books with no bibliography make me suspicious, and I find the lack of an index exasperating.

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Somewhere around age 11 or 12, I read "The Call of Cthulhu" in an anthology (I forget which one). I was so taken with it that I rode my bike for miles to the nearest bookstore and asked the nice lady to direct me to the Lovecraft books. They only had a couple of paperbacks - I'm not sure which editions they would have been in 1980 or '81, but I picked one and bought it with saved lawn-mowing money. I was enthralled, and have been ever since.
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Re: Your first book

The Little Black Fish
By Samad Behrangi



and...
the Stone Flower
By Pavel Bazhov




I posted images in case that it rings a bell to someone.

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Re: Your first book

Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, given to me when I was perhaps 6 or 7, by my mother. I actually have the original book that was given to me as a child and gave it to my daughter as a gift. She's 4 and it's one of her favorite books. That and The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Fox on Socks, and Harold and the Purple Crayon.

I also loved Hansel and Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin as a child.
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Corduroy by Don Freeman. The isolation of the department store struck me more than the alleged happy ending. I think of this bear and our predicament when I hear the following song. They share both nothing and everything in common, I knowingly admit ignorance theretwain.
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