5.07.2013

A few of my favorites... childhood books {A Link Up}

It's three days from graduation and I can barely contain myself. I have so many friends and family members coming into town in the next few days, it's going to be a great time. My mom and step-dad are throwing me a graduation party this Saturday, I'm beyond excited. I also started working full-time this week at my seasonal job, and it has really been a kick in the butt. I am not used to 40 hour work weeks, or cycling to work. I mean, I can do homework for days on end, but work is a whole different type of draining! Regardless, I love my job.

Today I am linking up with Janna from Faith, Love, and Hope. This link up is a monthly event where bloggers come together to share "A few of my favorites..."! A new theme will be chosen for each month by the hosts or co-hosts. May's theme, as you may have already noticed, is favorite childhood books. These are just a few of my favorites:


1. The Giving Tree. 

My heart feels warm every time I think about this book. I just adore how this book was written. It is about a tree, and a little boy. The little boy loves the tree, and the tree loves him. I think the imagery is just beautiful. Now that I am older, I realize how important this little boy's relationship with the tree is. The tree is not called "it," instead it is called, "she." This really shows the importance of recognizing nature as a being and not just an object. Being a part of nature and having a connection with it is SO important in today's world, especially because we are slowly depleting our resources and destroying the world we were given. Hippy psychology major preaching concluded. But read it, seriously.

2. Chasing Redbird

I read this book in the FOURTH grade. That was a while ago, folks. Regardless, I still remember this book SO vividly. It is a little morbid as it deals with death (it was written for teens), but I think the message is really important. I kept trying to put it into my own words, but kept failing miserably, so here is a little synopsis: "When Zinny discovers an overgrown trail of slate that begins on her family farm, and stretches into the forest, she begins to uncover it, hoping to claim it as her own – one thing that will make her special and unique, and that she won't have to share. After the death of her Aunt, uncovering the trail becomes an all-consuming project, leading Zinny to camp out in the forest, miles from home, as she attempts to reach it's end, and also to uncover the mystery of her Uncle Nate's seeming slide into delusions about his dead wife."

If you haven't heard of either of these books, I would definitely look into them. Even if you don't have kids, I think everyone can learn important messages from these works. 

8 comments :

  1. I've always heard that The Giving Tree was a great book but have never read it myself! Now, I will :) Thank you for linking up!

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  2. Yay! I was wondering how long it would take for Shel Silverstein to pop up! Such good memories. :)

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  3. Shel Silverstein... His books were so popular in my elementary school! Everyone read them.. and I think if I read them now, again, that it would all come back to me as meaning something so much more. Thanks for linking up!

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  4. I've heard that The Giving Tree is a good book :)

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    1. It's so beautiful! Definitely a must-read!

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