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05-09-2006, 12:53 AM
Since the First Memory thread makes it obvious many of us have astonishing memories, who remembers the first book they read all by themselves?

I'm not sure, but I think mine must have been the scintillating Fun With Dick and Jane. Such pathos, such dense plotting. I laughed, I cried, I read.

Maryn, wondering whatever became of Sally

05-09-2006, 12:58 AM
Wasn't Fun with Dick and Jane a swinger movie in the 60s? :Shrug: What are you trying to tell us, Maryn?

And my first book was either "Song of Roland" or "One Fish, Two Fish."

05-09-2006, 01:01 AM
"The Interpretation of Dreams'--Freud. Hey, I was 8 months old. All you did then was eat, crap, and sleep. There wasn't much else to do.

05-09-2006, 01:02 AM
Nah, it wasn't a swinger movie, it was a suburban couple who became bank robbers. They did a remake recently, which I somehow missed. Go figure. (The original offended some people because there was a scene in which the wife peed during a conversation with the husband. Shocking. I'm sure no married couple ever, ever does that.)

"One Fish, Two Fish" is a classic for a reason!

05-09-2006, 01:06 AM
Wow! That's a toughie. Ummmm...(why did I just type all that out? I could've just as easily thought about it then posted it without sharing my inner dialogue. I guess I feel committed as soon as I click the reply button...anyway, back to the show...)

It was either Dick and Jane or One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. After that, I devoured Dr. Seuss's bibliography pretty much like I do with any other novelist I enjoy nowadays (latest victim John Case).

05-09-2006, 01:25 AM
Goldilocks and The Three Bears. I was four.

05-09-2006, 01:27 AM
OMG! I remember the first book I ever read--it was Little Jack Horner. I'd had the book memorized, but when it actually came through to me that I knew what the words were is something I'll never forget. I was around four years old. I was always crazy about books; I had my own book drawer in the bottom of my dresser. I would sit in it and be surrounded by my books.I was always pestering someone to read to me. In desperation, my family had started teaching me to read so I'd leave them the heck alone.

05-09-2006, 01:33 AM
Thin Arnold, but I have no idea how old I was. My memory doesn't go back much before I was 8, unless I start thinking about landmarks. Damn oxygen deprivation.

05-09-2006, 01:39 AM
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

05-09-2006, 01:39 AM
Tropic of Cancer

05-09-2006, 01:43 AM
That smutty stuff sounds about right, Vote_Bot ;)

05-09-2006, 01:51 AM
Green Eggs and Ham

But my parents say I really had just memorized it (hey, that takes skill too).

05-09-2006, 01:53 AM
That smutty stuff sounds about right, Vote_Bot ;)

It made me quite tingly.

05-09-2006, 02:15 AM
I don't remember which was the first book I read. My mother told me that from the age of about six I always had my nose in some book. The first book I remember that had an impact on me was 'Marie' by Ethel Turner.

05-09-2006, 02:35 AM
My Mother did not like Dr. Seuss.
She would not let it in the hoose.

I did not read it, that is true,
Not until my son turned two.

Ack, not good, I know.

I have not idea what my first book might have been. According to my mother, I've been able to read since I was, like, one year old or some such nonsensical hyperbole. I was an early reader, though.

I remember a Little Golden Book about a bunny and its mother. Maybe it was that one.

05-09-2006, 02:46 AM
'Elephant buttons' It has no words but I am told it was the first I held the right way and turned all the pages by myself. I still love it--my Mom sent me my very battered copy recently when I was going through a homesickness phase...

05-09-2006, 02:54 AM
The Happy Hooker.

05-09-2006, 03:40 AM
"Green Eggs and Ham"

Started it in 1966. Finished it in...well...I think I can wrap it up by next week.

Don't ruin it for me. - I'm thinking Sam I Am did it.

05-09-2006, 03:46 AM
Don't ruin it for me. - I'm thinking Sam I Am did it.

You're in for a surprise. Let us know when you're done so we can discuss.

05-09-2006, 03:46 AM
The Berenstein's B Book. Like Sage, my mom says I most likely memorized it... but isn't that kind of what reading is at first? You have to memorize then recognize. But to this day, I can recite the story without looking. It amazes my kindergardeners... :hooray:

05-09-2006, 03:48 AM
My favorite book growing up =


05-09-2006, 03:49 AM
I'm pretty sure mine was Meg and Mog.

05-09-2006, 03:54 AM
Hop on Pop. I still have it.

05-09-2006, 04:04 AM
I don't remember. I learned to read on Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes. (Lovely illustrations in the Arts and Crafts style anyone else see the current show at the DeYoung?) I had the verses memorized, so I hesitate to say I read it by myself. Others mentioned similar situations with memorized books.

05-09-2006, 04:31 AM
The first book I remember being read to me was Black Beauty, but I have no idea of the first book I read. I suspect it was of the "Goodnight Moon" variety. I'll ask mom.

05-09-2006, 04:36 AM
I learned to read on Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes. I still have nightmares remembering those Mother Goose stories. Come'on, the spoon freaks me out. And that cow jumping over the moon!!! Now I won't sleep tonight.


05-09-2006, 05:21 AM
:Wha: :Wha: :e2thud: :hooray: Oh.... My.... God!!! I think you are my absolute new favoritest person in the universe!!!!! Do you know how many *years* I've been trying to remember the titles of those books??????? All I could remember was that it was a witch, a cat, and an owl... When I was really little, I mean *really* little, my mother and I used to go to our public library and I would make a bee-line for those books.

Dude... I'm off to give you some rep points for that one!!! (And relive some awesome childhood memories....)

I'm pretty sure mine was Meg and Mog.

05-09-2006, 05:39 AM
Playboy: Girls of the Big Ten issue.

05-09-2006, 05:44 AM
While my first to read by myself (or recite, whatever) was "Green Eggs and Ham", my favorite kids book was "Little Popcorn." We have sadly lost it at my parents house, but I still remember that the dog was "white as popcorn, popping in a pan." :)

05-09-2006, 05:54 AM
Playboy: Girls of the Big Ten issue.Don't lie, you looked at the pictures.:D -- first picture book?

Lady Cat
05-09-2006, 06:01 AM
The first book I read by myself was Snuggles the Kitten. I was about five at the time. I still remember my mother reading Black Beauty to me before that too. I used to drive her nuts, begging for "just one more chapter".

05-09-2006, 02:44 PM
Serenity, behold:

One of the perks of being a Mum is that I got to read some new ones that either weren't out or I'd missed as a child.