Fairy Tales Brought Out My Imagination and My Love For Reading

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Reading has always been an important part of my life. I have always had a collection of books ever since I can remember. I remember my childhood with a book in my hand and I wouldn’t just read a book and set it aside never to be seen again. No, my books were read over and over and over until the covers were starting to show its wear. As a result, my books were pretty tattered as you can see in the photo above.

What were my favorites? Little Golden books were quite popular back when I was young. The Pokey Little Puppy, The Three Kittens, and The Little Red Hen are remembered well. However, nothing compared to my book of fairy tales that holds such a special place in my heart. It is more tattered and worn out than any of my other books put together. In fact, I still have this book. Let me tell you about it.

It is called Young Years: Best Loved Stories and Poems for Little Children. It is chock full of every single Mother Goose rhyme, Brothers Grimm fairy tales, and various stories and poems that you can think of. It is 501 pages of magical storytelling that brought many emotions to me as a young girl. These stories were unbelievable, but then left one wondering. They were also quite scary! I mean, who wouldn’t be scared of Rumpelstiltskin or the Three Billy Goats Gruff? But it also brought out my love of reading to find out what happens next.

I read these stories until I could almost recite them without looking. Old Mother Hubbard, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood…they all held my attention. It may have been kind of weird to anyone else but to me, they unlocked my imagination and I loved it. I went on to watching Disney films because they all went along with my fairy tale obsession. Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio…you name it, I watched them.

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I still love reading and I am also a huge fairy tale buff to this day. I guess you could even call me the fairy tale queen because I still love them as much as when I was young. Watching Once Upon a Time is like reliving my childhood all over again. Is it bad that I still could watch Disney movies over and over now that I am grown up?

I am not quite sure why I loved that book of fairy tales and fables so much, but it sure holds a lot of special memories for me. For that reason, I will hold onto that book forever and continue on my fairy tale obsession for as long as I can.

This is how my love of reading got started. These days I am more into picking up a James Paterson or a Patricia Cornwell book but then again…aren’t most books kind of like fairy tales in a sense?

Photos courtesy of KL Brandow

 


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