Many stories from our childhood continue to resonate within us as adults. For many, this connection remains far more meaningful, than more complex books we read later. Because our "critical thinking lens" can be become cloudy and smudged by misinformation and information overload, reconnecting, from time to time, with the world of children's literature can actually lead to greater clarity of thought, insight and overall emotional wellness.
Recently, I started working on a couple of children's book ideas of my own. As part of my research and preparation for these projects, I have been reading various books from my own childhood. The benefit to me, and the reaction I get from others, who notice my reading has been nothing short of remarkable.
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For example, I am currently reading Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. The book was published on October 15, 1952, 61 years ago today.
Several days ago, I happened to be reading the book in the waiting room at my doctor's office. Suddenly, I was approached by a smiling female stranger. Forty-something and professional looking, she introduced herself politely, saying she could not help but notice my book. She expressed quite emotionally and forthrightly why and how much she loved Charlotte's Web.
As we spoke, we each related Charlotte's Web to several cherished memories from our rural childhoods. I explained how the book had been read to my 2nd grade class by a beloved teacher. She underscored how important it was for her to have a story featuring a small town farm girl, Fern, as the main human character. When my name was called, we parted company. The exchange was clearly cathartic for my new friend; it was an equally enriching experience for me.
What is your favorite children's story? Does it continue to resonate with you, even as an adult? If so, why? Any and all comments are greatly appreciated.