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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Memories and a New School Year!

I taught elementary school for 29 years, spending most of those years teaching "reading." When I went back to school for my master's degree, I chose to be a Reading Specialist. I loved this study more than all my undergraduate courses combined! In fact, I specifically remember one of my favorite professors walking into class with a red wagon loaded with children's books. We all squealed with delight and couldn't wait to see all the treasures she brought to share.
Fast forward a few years, my husband and I had two children of our own. I was determined to read each day to my little ones to foster a love of reading in their little hearts as well.
Enter: Dr. Seuss.
 I personally grew up with his books
 wanted my children to have those same experiences.
I'll bet you can guess what today's table features...
yep, books!
More specifically children's books,
both loved and treasured!
Welcome to this week's table...
it's all about memories
a new school year!
Dr. Seuss was unconventional for his time...
...and didn't really follow the rules.
In fact, he thought children needed more interesting "primers" to help with beginning reading.
He took a look at the basic word lists and scoffed.
Instead of using that list, 
he looked for the first two words that rhymed (in that boring list) 
and the rest as they say, is history!
When I was a child,
 my mother had the "Beginner Books" for me
I remember reading and reading and rereading them.
In fact, I still remember not to feed my fish too much!
And this book holds very special memories... boys loved all things cars.
This book, by P.D. Eastman ~ that also came in the Beginning Books,
 was the first book they both actually "read."
It was a proud moment for us all!
I've been retired for a few years now,
but my internal clock still runs on the "school calendar."
So this post is dedicated to all my fellow educators,
Have a GREAT School Year!
And more importantly,
this post is dedicated to my two sons...
I'm so very proud of you both!
I'm joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her
Be sure to drop by for loads of inspiration!
For a fun Dr. Seuss site, click here.
P.D. Eastman was a great children's author and illustrator as well. In fact, some of his illustrations look vaguely familiar, this one in particular (from Fish Out of Water.)
It looks just like an animated P.D. Eastman!
For P.D. Eastman's site, click here.
If you have little ones, I'd bet they'd enjoy these titles too!
Until next time,


  1. Such a fun tablescape....and I loved the books and the colors you used. So bright and cheerful plus the apples are a great touch!

    1. Hi Christine! Thanks so much for dropping by and your sweet comments!

  2. I almost tear up when I see Dr. Seuss books. How I miss being all cuddled up in our favorite reading chair always with a baby on my lap while reading from Dr Seuss. I still have some of the books memorized (there was a lot of reading with four boys, each four to five years apart). The table looks wonderful. So bright and cheerful! Perfect for breakfast to send the little ones off to the first day of school.

    1. Hi Candy! I too miss little ones on my lap. Time goes by so quickly, doesn't it? Thanks for dropping by and helping me celebrate reading!

  3. Oh my word...I have enjoyed this post so much especially since my baby is a first grade school teacher! Love the pics and sharing this post with my girl! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. Hi Cindy! Thanks so much for dropping by! I know you're proud of your "baby" being in such an honorable profession. I enjoyed my years and still have activities roll around in my head when I see neat books!

  4. Eastman was and is a favorite around here. I have a trunk full of books like the ones you mentioned just waiting for grandchild who will fit just perfectly on my lap.

    I loved this idea for a table, and the red apples lined up in the center made just the perfect statement piece.

    From one reader to another: Well done!!

    1. Hi Debbie! Thanks for dropping by! And yes, all my school books are waiting for little ones to enjoy as well.(Or for me to browse through!)

  5. I grew up with these books and reread them like you did. I have to admit that I learned something today, which I am sure makes a retired teacher happy. I never made the connection that "Are you my mother" and "Go Dog Go" were not written by Dr, Suess. My granddaughter is 8 and It has been a couple years since I read to her, because she has been reading to me. I am proud to say that "Go dog Go" was the last book I read to her and her cousin and they loved it.

    1. Hi Wanda! Thanks so much for dropping by!
      I know what you mean about loving these books...they truly are a favorite! For a long time, I also just assumed they were by Dr. Seuss, I guess because they were included in the "book club."
      (One thing I learned this time around was the resemblance of P.D. Eastman to his illustrations! I guess we can still learn something new each day!!)
      Have a wonderful week!


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