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Old 01-26-2012, 07:52 PM   #11
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I read a lot when I was a kid. I played a lot, too, but I read a lot. It's what you did back then.
My first "series" was "The Happy Hollisters", all 31 or 32 of them.
I don't think those Big/Little books were considered a series, since each book had a different story, but I read a bunch of those, too.
And then about the time I was 14 maybe it was The Edge series of books. A very hard edged series of westerns based on a guy called Edge.
Quite a bit different from The Happy Hollisters, lol.

When I was in second grade the teacher read us those Little House on the Prairie books... no need to read those ;^)

Those are the completed series books anyway. There was a sprinkling of Hardy Boys and others mixed in. Including A Wrinkle in Time, which I didn't even realize was a series. I guess maybe I read the first one? It had a blue cover I remember.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:12 PM   #12
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I read a lot when I was a kid. I played a lot, too, but I read a lot. It's what you did back then.
My first "series" was "The Happy Hollisters", all 31 or 32 of them.
I don't think those Big/Little books were considered a series, since each book had a different story, but I read a bunch of those, too.
And then about the time I was 14 maybe it was The Edge series of books. A very hard edged series of westerns based on a guy called Edge.
Quite a bit different from The Happy Hollisters, lol.

When I was in second grade the teacher read us those Little House on the Prairie books... no need to read those ;^)

Those are the completed series books anyway. There was a sprinkling of Hardy Boys and others mixed in. Including A Wrinkle in Time, which I didn't even realize was a series. I guess maybe I read the first one? It had a blue cover I remember.
I remember reading some Tarzan Big/Little books but those Hollisters were just a little too happy for me. As a kid Huck Finn was my all time favorite. I think every kid should read it. I am not sure if I was a kid today reading with an electronic device would have the same feeling of adventure I got from some of those old musty books that we read at camp on rainy days.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:28 PM   #13
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Funny, I read the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books when I was an adult. Had to find out what everyone was talking about
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:51 PM   #14
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Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon, then jumped from the kids' department of the library in one fell swoop to Perry Mason. I was bored with the kids' stuff, went through the YA, and into the adult when I was something like 10. Mom used to say that we didn't move because Daddy got orders, we moved because Claire used up the base library. Oh! I forgot. Wizard of Oz. Very disappointed, and to this day I think they're more in the fantasy genre that adults might like (although I've not re-read them in my adult life, just that I found them confusing when I was 8 or 9).
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:56 PM   #15
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Nancy Drew, Little House, Tom Swift, and then James Bond. I started when I was in second or third grade.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:01 PM   #16
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Oh, I forgot about Laura Ingalls Wilder! She was great because she wrote at different levels as she went along (much like Harry Potter series). I think I was 8 or so when I read my first, and when I hit, I think it was called, "These Happy Golden Years" I was older.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:03 PM   #17
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Dad had to sign me up and give his "permission" for me to browse and check out books from the "adult" section of the Public Library. It never failed, I would get held up at the desk by another librarian thinking I had swiped my Mom's library card. I had to get books at the library, I had already read all the one's at home...
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:12 PM   #18
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The first series I read was the Little House series. But I was in the sixth grade before my foot ever touched the floor of a library. I never knew what that room full of books was. (Thank you public schools system.) Isn't it amazing that a public school could have a library and a child could attend that school and walk past that room day after day and never even be told what the room was much less be allowed to enter it?! I mean, how many people can remember the exact first time they heard the word "library?"
Sorry, got on a rant there, but I mean, really...
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Oh, how sad! neither of my parents are readers, but thank heaven when they realized I was (I remember it, although couldn't tell you when it was, probably when my 2nd grade teacher told them I was woefully deficient in math, but very advanced in reading), the library was the next stop, then the BX for a set of flash cards! I'm exaggerating of course, but definitely close together. Probably the flash cards first. During the school year I had to concentrate on school, but in the summers I got a biweekly trip to the library. Heaven!!! My mother's cry was, "Claire, get your G-D nose out of that book and go outside and play! NOW!" She loved that I read, but she'd been an athletic kid (I had two left feet and a bad sense of balance and bad depth perception. To this day, throw me a ball and my instinct is to put my hands over my face and duck to make sure it doesn't hit my glasses and give me two black eyes!).

There are times that I wonder what Mom thought when she realized I was so different from her? She did "go with the flow" (we're talking early 60s here, not in a hippie atmosphere, certainly not in the military) and make sure, although they couldn't afford to buy them, that I had all the books I wanted to read ... as long as my homework was done!
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He wrote a story that was the basis for the TV show Mr. Ed. He lived about fifty miles from where I live.
That's very interesting, Aunt Bea. I think I also watched every episode of Mr. Ed also....Ha
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