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What was your favorite children’s book?

Heh, this is where I’m gonna show what a cracked up individual I am… 😉

I’m going to presume by the wording of the question that you mean “What books did I like as a child?”.  The truth is, I’m not a big reader, never have been.  Two out of four siblings inherited the book absorbing gene from our mother, and sadly I was not one of them.  Reading, for me, usually needs to be done with a purpose, i.e. there’s some information in this book that I need to attain, and since I can’t find it elsewhere, I guess I will have to read it.  There’s probably only about a dozen books I have read in my life “for fun”, the rest have been to acquire knowledge in one form or another.  I’ve never been one of those fortunate individuals that can truly “learn” from a book.  I get my education best through experiences.  It’s just how I roll…

So, what books did I like as a kid?  Well, I can think of 2, except I’m not sure they really qualify as “books”, since they were really more like pamphlets.  The first was a booklet I got about 4th or 5th grade.  It had a story about 3 girls going through puberty, telling stories about what it’s like to get your period and how coooooool it was.  Boy, did it have me brainwashed…  I read that thing over and over and oooooooover again, wishing every day that my period would come so I could have that super cool experience too.  I threw it away 2 months after my first cycle, or maybe I burned it…

The second booklet was a small handbook that came with a first aid kit my parents had in the bathroom.  It had all kinds of awesome tips on what to do in case of emergencies, how to cut someone above a snake bite to suck the venom out, how to put a splint on broken bones, the Heimlich maneuver, CPR, the list goes on and on.  I love love LOVED that booklet!  I think I read it every night for about 2 years until the pages were all worn and tattered.  No idea why I was so infatuated with that book.  I’ve never had any desire to be a nurse or doctor, and too much blood makes me toss my cookies.  But I’m sure if anyone ever gets electrocuted, my accumulated knowledge from that booklet will let me know exactly what to do (or at least what they would’ve done in the 70’s…).

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