Daddy Steve: The internet is the ultimate 'Wayback Machine.' If you're willing to
waste spend the time, you can recover-and purchase-anything from your past.
It was 50 years ago this fall that I started school, and I have been feeling reflective. These reflections eventually turned to my 1st grade reading textbook. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, a copy arrived in the mail. For a 54-year-old textbook, it's in surprisingly pristine condition; much nicer than my original Minneapolis Public Schools copy was back in the day.
Dan Ryan: Since it's from Daddy Steve's school days, I would have thought it
would've been printed on vellum, or mammoth hide or something.
Carolyn: You know, it's actually the same age that we are.
Dan Ryan: Yes, but we're eternally young.
It's interesting to look at something you haven't seen for decades. I was struck by the illustrations; their quiet, understated charm and humanism (remind you of anyone?). They're so different from the rather aggressive, garish designs and graphics aimed at kids nowadays.
James: They look like us!
Daphne: Yes, beautiful!
The cover art always appealed to me--all of that busy energy. I was not a suburban kid; I grew up right in the middle of a big city, so that milieu was familiar to me.
Colin: Gosh, where do you suppose all those people are going?
Daisy: Probably home to they can read our blog.
On the subject of reading, it's amazing to think that when my classmates and I started first grade, we were all more or less illiterate. By the end of the year, we could read anything in this book. So much ground to cover! The next time you talk to a 1st grade teacher, be sure to say 'thank you.'
Paul: Thank you, teachers!
Rolf: Ja, danke!
Nanny Wendy: You'll love learning to read, Mikey!
Mikey: More than cookies?