Since I was a Little Kid

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There have been many changes.

There were no books in the house besides the family dictionary and bible. Now ... upstairs in a rental house where we lived during the earliest years of me learning to read, there were several volumes of something called "The Book of Knowledge." The owners had left them there and, altho I probably wanted to take them when we moved, we didn't.

Mom would drive into town and while shopping, leave me at the public library. What a Remarkable Place! The children's room was downstairs and above the bookcases, absolutely FULL of books, there were paintings of Aesop's Fables. I doubt if I could read those fables when I first saw the mural but they provided motivation to read. I can still remember when I ventured up to the adult library – where i wasn't sure that i should be. How i hid in those aisles and what books were there, shaped my interests through life :).

Anyway. You may have read Aesop's Fables at one time. Here's a LINK for you to read them now in a 1919 version ;). No, I wasn't around in 1919.

Want to indulge in a little nostalgia? What has changed since you were a kid?

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My personal favorites that everybody should read once:

Alice in Wonderland
Thought the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There
Classics read as a child, that enjoyed a resurgence later on in the 1960s.

I've recouped many literary treasures from my childhood and young adulthood in their original incarnations, although dog-eared in the early disintegration process, on Ebay and added them into my library. Newer additions of these classics are frequently edited (should be illegal to change an author's words) so I purchased same editions as I had - like reuniting with old friends.
 
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Alice in Wonderland involves "playing with cards."
Through the Looking Glass is a Chess game. where Alice goes from pawn to Queen in 11 moves.
That for sure, and a lot of political commentary from Victorian era England.

As a child, my dad had a friend who could recite "Jabberwocky" in its entirety. I thought this was impressive, until I met someone many years later who could recite the backwards version of it from memory.
 

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@ducks4you, I have read Lewis Carroll's first story about Alice but not the second. Distracted by the hookah smoking caterpillar, perhaps ...

a friend who could recite "Jabberwocky" in its entirety.
How much is this (try my best with not looking it up)?
Twas brillig and ye slithy toves did gyre and gimble in ye wabe. All mimsy were ye boragroves and ye moama raths outgrabe. Was it just 2 lines?

Let's see. It was boiling (twighlight) and the turtle doves did uh ... strut around (?) in the meadow (?). All upset were (something) and the turtles barked outloud ... oh. I've forgotten! :D.
 

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Jabberwocky​

BY LEWIS CARROLL
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
***
Analysis and meaning...
 

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