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So, what books do you recall from your childhood?

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Friday, February 19, 2021 8:40 PM

SIGNYM

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Or cartoons that you remember, even to this day? ?

Say, before 12-ish?

We had a book of 5 fairy tales. The fairy tales were standard fairy tales, but the illustrations were gorgeous, like works of art.


I wish you could see the inside

There were a couple of adventure books featuring girls. Both set in Africa, one was about a white girl who is separated from her family in Kenya (I think during the Mau Mau rebellion) and walks with her pet bushbaby over a long distance to meet up with her family at a railhead. The other was about a black girl who was uncharacteristically allowed to join an elephant hunt. I remember that one particularly because they eat meat after the hunt and it gives her a stomach ache.

Then I discovered science fiction: Rocket Man; Podkayne of Mars; The Widget, The Wadget, and Boff (short story) and especially A Wrinkle in Time.

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Friday, February 19, 2021 11:33 PM

BRENDA


Black Beauty was a favourite book of mine before I was 12.

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Friday, February 19, 2021 11:37 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



Even cartoons had far better artistry. I remember one called The Firebird. And there was another one - I only remember the last part where a Chinese junk was sailing into the sunset - and then the picture became a still painting and when the scene pulled back you could see it was on a three-part oriental folding room screen.

I also remember Starship Though Space, which I really enjoyed. I feel like it was my first 'grownup' science fiction.

I remember a book - 365 Bedtime Stories, from when I was very, very little. I enjoyed everything about it, and I'd read it over and over by myself. The stories were very everyday and happy, and the pictures were simple line drawings but as I recall very well done. AH! I found one example:



And here was the cover:



I also remember sitting on the floor at looking at the pictures in my mom's physiology, anatomy, and other nursing books, and wonder what they were about. How did those people end up that way?

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Friday, February 19, 2021 11:40 PM

1KIKI

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Black Beauty was a favourite book of mine before I was 12.

OH! Thanks for reminding me of that!

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:32 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


The Barenstain/Barenstein Bears.

I have no recollection how it was actually spelled in our timeline and I'm well aware of the fact that this is a Mandela Effect point of contention.

All I can say is that in my house we pronounced it "stain" no matter which way it was spelled back in the early 80's.






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Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:06 AM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Black Beauty was a favourite book of mine before I was 12.

OH! Thanks for reminding me of that!



I may have even read "The Prince and the Pauper" when I was around 8 or 9.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:07 AM

BRENDA


"Paddington Bear" was one from elementary school.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:08 AM

BRENDA


Cartoons weren't specific enough back then but there were the Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 3:57 AM

SIGNYM

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There were some cartoons ... I only remember fragments, mostly phrases or bits of songs

"Top Cat, the indesputable leader of the gang..."
"Frizle frazzle frozzle from, time for this one to come home..."
"Oh Mr Magoo, you've done it again!"

But one I remember more clearly because I was older and I thought it was really funny: Fractured Fairy Tales. It was a segment on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

Johnny Quest.

Fireball XL5 (marionettes)
Stingray (also marionettes... I found the soundtrack on Youtube OMG it's embarassingly corny...




And one really pretty one: The Snow Queen.



And OF COURSE ... and this isn't a book or cartoon, but a movie... The Wizard of Oz.

It gave me nightmares about tornadoes, especially since we really did have tornado watchesand the tornado warnings.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 5:24 AM

1KIKI

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Those cartoons I remember might possibly have been on Rocketship 7.




But now that I think about it, Promo was a strange name for a robot. I wonder if it was an inside joke.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 11:07 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


I probably don't even remember half of the cartoons I've ever seen as a kid. I grew up on those Saturday morning cartoons, and except for the successful ones, they usually had a steady stream of one or two season shows that were promptly cancelled and never thought about again.

Watched a lot of Thundercats and The Real Ghostbusters, and whatever lineup the "Disney Afternoon" had after school. Back then, Disney put out some fantastic stuff. You're not going to find a 40 year old American who doesn't know what Duck Tales was.


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Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:22 PM

WISHIMAY


There was a reading competition in fifth grade. I read more than most of the class put together. I didn't understand why it was so hard for other kids to read a book ...or twenty.

Turns out, dyspraxics don't have a dominant eye, so when we read both sides of our brains are reading the info. It's like reading a book twice, and it's amazingly precise... so my kid and I can speed read. I eventually read almost everything our school library and our town library had. Neither of them had the full set of Anne of Green Gables because they only had the ones up to the point where she meets gay and ethnic people and doesn't hate them.

It's great for target shooting, but not for moving distances, like cars coming down a street at you. I've learned to cycle processing like a high speed camera, click-regauge click-regauge click-regauge. It's part of the reason they don't recommend letting kids on the spectrum cross streets alone, they get hit more often.

My favorite book as a pre-teen was... Tin Can Tucker. A girl leaves her foster home and becomes a rodeo barrel racer. Has a really good ending. Before that was the Misty of Chincoteague series about the Wild Pony Roundups on the islands off the East coast. Before that there was a book about poor kids raising turnips because they wanted new squeaky shoes like the other kids. Can't remember the title on that one.

I was able to find all of them on Amazon and made Kiddo read them. Not sure she got the whole "80's girl-horse obsession" but she liked the books. She can still burn through a 400+ page book in a day. Every Goodwill we go to, I know where she will be the whole time I'm there.





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Saturday, February 20, 2021 1:44 PM

BRENDA


Sig, I remember "Rocky & Bullwinkle" and the Fractured Fairy tale piece.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 2:04 PM

SIGNYM

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Quote:

Originally posted by WISHIMAY:
There was a reading competition in fifth grade. I read more than most of the class put together. I didn't understand why it was so hard for other kids to read a book ...or twenty.

Turns out, dyspraxics don't have a dominant eye, so when we read both sides of our brains are reading the info. It's like reading a book twice, and it's amazingly precise... so my kid and I can speed read. I eventually read almost everything our school library and our town library had. Neither of them had the full set of Anne of Green Gables because they only had the ones up to the point where she meets gay and ethnic people and doesn't hate them.

It's great for target shooting, but not for moving distances, like cars coming down a street at you. I've learned to cycle processing like a high speed camera, click-regauge click-regauge click-regauge. It's part of the reason they don't recommend letting kids on the spectrum cross streets alone, they get hit more often.

My favorite book as a pre-teen was... Tin Can Tucker. A girl leaves her foster home and becomes a rodeo barrel racer. Has a really good ending. Before that was the Misty of Chincoteague series about the Wild Pony Roundups on the islands off the East coast. Before that there was a book about poor kids raising turnips because they wanted new squeaky shoes like the other kids. Can't remember the title on that one.

I was able to find all of them on Amazon and made Kiddo read them. Not sure she got the whole "80's girl-horse obsession" but she liked the books. She can still burn through a 400+ page book in a day. Every Goodwill we go to, I know where she will be the whole time I'm there.





Oh, I LOVED the "Misty" book, altho our library had only one! yeah, that whole girl-horse thing, that was before I discovered scifi.


Your eyes don't work together?? I remember reading that sometimes people whose eyes don't work together (brain processing issue, not eye problem) instantaneously learn to focus when watching a 3D movie with those 3D glasses. Like their brain goes ""OH! I GET IT NOW!". Problem is, it's a one-way step, and it sounds like you've learned to turn your processing into an advantage.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:33 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



I remember when I went to get my minimum vision checked at the NYS DMV, which required a minimum 20/40 in one eye. They had you look down a binocular-type thing, where a difference eye chart was was projected to each eye. I guess they figured either the dominant or the good eye would drive that bus, and you'd only see one chart. But I distinctly and clearly saw 2 charts that were pretty offset diagonally. The lady kept saying 'JUST READ THE CHART!' in tones of increasing frustration, and I keep meekly asking 'which one?' .

Anyway, I never had a problem with the 'view master' toy. OTOH I never could see those 3-d images in what looks like random patterns of squiggly lines.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 10:09 PM

SIGNYM

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WISHY: My favorite book as a pre-teen was... Tin Can Tucker. A girl leaves her foster home and becomes a rodeo barrel racer. Has a really good ending.
BTW that sounds like an awesome book.

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Monday, March 1, 2021 10:55 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


How do you recall what books you read before age 12? I have trouble recalling which were before/after age 18, unless it was school assigned.


I recall reading the series of Hardy Boys, until the library didn't have the latest editions.
A little bit of Tom Swift.

I don't recall much else from then or before.



Looks like I was 13 when I started in on Danielle Steele.

And the end of my age 12 was even marked by my first sex, not that I had a clue what was going on or what she was doing at that time, tho.

I just don't have a dividing line in my head around age 12.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:00 AM

BRENDA


JSF, didn't you have any books or music that as a child left an impression on you?

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 8:24 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
How do you recall what books you read before age 12? I have trouble recalling which were before/after age 18, unless it was school assigned.



I'd say it was probably because my parents divorced when I was five.

The only real good memories I have of either of them were before that, and they used to read to me every night, many times both of them together, until I started reading them back.

I read hundreds of books through grade school and jr. high. I probably would really struggle to tell you what any of them were called. All I really remember is it was probably around a 50/50 mix of books from the school library and the "Troll Book Club" fliers we got once a month.



ETA: Oh. I don't recall any of the names, but I was a huge fan of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series of books when they came out.

And later, my mom got me every single book in the "Lone Wolf" series of books up until I lost interest by high school. They were also Choose Your Own Adventure, but they added RPG elements to the story. There was a battle mechanic involved, and although you could theoretically start the series at any book, you were rewarded at certain parts of the story if you were to have carried over an item you discovered in a previous book and still had it in your inventory.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 3:11 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
JSF, didn't you have any books or music that as a child left an impression on you?

Music, not so much. I had allergies, and sinus congestion. And my parents listened to Country music - my dad had sinus congestion all the time, as well.
So if you find a beautiful piece of music you enjoy, try listening to it with your head submerged in a swimming pool - and that is what I heard of music when I was a kid. I thought music class was just memorizing rhyming lines of words at a certain pace, beat, cadence.





For books, I guess I may have just read so many that I don't have a dividing line around 12. That was the end of 6th grade for me. I hadn't started reading Calculus by then, although I was later told I was using it.

According to psychometrics, at the end of age 12 I had a mental age of 18. So, other than places, classes, dating, what can you remember about which books your read before/after age 18?



I liked the Hardy Boys because they were, in essence, mysteries. Tho the writing was dated, stilted, I put up with it to find the resolution to the puzzle.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 5:38 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by JEWELSTAITEFAN:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
JSF, didn't you have any books or music that as a child left an impression on you?

Music, not so much. I had allergies, and sinus congestion. And my parents listened to Country music - my dad had sinus congestion all the time, as well.
So if you find a beautiful piece of music you enjoy, try listening to it with your head submerged in a swimming pool - and that is what I heard of music when I was a kid. I thought music class was just memorizing rhyming lines of words at a certain pace, beat, cadence.





For books, I guess I may have just read so many that I don't have a dividing line around 12. That was the end of 6th grade for me. I hadn't started reading Calculus by then, although I was later told I was using it.

According to psychometrics, at the end of age 12 I had a mental age of 18. So, other than places, classes, dating, what can you remember about which books your read before/after age 18?



I liked the Hardy Boys because they were, in essence, mysteries. Tho the writing was dated, stilted, I put up with it to find the resolution to the puzzle.



I understand.

Never read the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew when I was growing up. They seemed too childish to me.

"Black Beauty" had been a book given to me before I was 12 and it was to me written from the horse's point of view. So outside the normal view which would be human.

"The Prince and the Pauper" was a book loaned to me before I was 12 and was written in Elizabethan almost English. A boy who looked like Prince Edward , King Henry the 8th son and they almost trade places.

Other books I was reading at this time were historical. Rome, Egypt, Greece. I was around 9 maybe when I read a book on Genghis Khan. This was also the time that I found out my father's family was Indian and so I began reading about various tribes here in North America.

I grew up almost surrounded by music. My mother loved the radio when I was small and a friend of hers loved Classical music, so I heard a lot of that too. My dad liked country & western, so I can't listen to Hank Snow or Wilf Carter without thinking about him. My mother's music was country and late 50s through the 60s rock n' roll.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:38 PM

SIGNYM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Black Beauty was a favourite book of mine before I was 12.

Oh, I loved that book!

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:46 PM

SIGNYM

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Parents listened to classic music, whether it was classic American folk (Brothers Four) or classic Polish (Mazowsze) or classical-classic ("50 Great Moments of Music", which btw I hated).

Was never interested in music much. I spent decades never listening to radio, so Monkees, Grateful dead ... all of that ... just passed by me. I liked some bands (Beatles) and some songs (Don't Fear the Reaper, Hallelujah, Kashmir, etc) but never took the time to seek them out.

I guess I remember Christmas carols bc of Christmas, but that's the strongest connecion that I have to music.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:12 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Parents listened to classic music, whether it was classic American folk (Brothers Four) or classic Polish (Mazowsze) or classical-classic ("50 Great Moments of Music", which btw I hated).

Was never interested in music much. I spent decades never listening to radio, so Monkees, Grateful dead ... all of that ... just passed by me. I liked some bands (Beatles) and some songs (Don't Fear the Reaper, Hallelujah, Kashmir, etc) but never took the time to seek them out.

I guess I remember Christmas carols bc of Christmas, but that's the strongest connecion that I have to music.

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Growing up more or less with it always around me, any interest I showed in it was fostered. I've had a few piano lessons when I was around 6 or 7 and some things I picked up from watching others play. My elementary school decided to develop a band and got in a bunch of instruments for the kids to try. I picked the clarinet and got pretty good at it too.

As much as my mum may have liked music she couldn't sing. But I could and can, so I was in choir in elementary school too.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 1:03 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.



There is plenty of music I like well enough, but there are a few pieces I call life-changing. Rainy Night in Georgia is one (the first recording), and Cantata Profana is another. They speak in a way that can't be otherwise expressed.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:31 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:

There is plenty of music I like well enough, but there are a few pieces I call life-changing. Rainy Night in Georgia is one (the first recording), and Cantata Profana is another. They speak in a way that can't be otherwise expressed.



I looked both of those pieces up on YouTube and they are very evocative. I've heard the name Bartok before but I don't think I had heard his music before this. Bartok seemed very interesting.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 3:06 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


I was able to look up some music that I enjoyed before I was 13.

Everything Elvis released when he was still alive.

Convoy, Rhinestone Cowboy, and I Will Always Love You (the original)

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:01 PM

REAVERFAN


The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer. I read it when I was in 4th grade.

Amazing, the parallels between Hitler and Trump. Both were serial liars, perverts, and insane.



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Thursday, March 4, 2021 5:20 PM

BRENDA


When the Irish Rovers hit tv, we always watched their variety show and that followed with Hee Haw and the Tommy Hunter show.

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