Your most important book: guest post from Sara Angelucci

My friend (and the wonderful artist) Sara Angelucci has a question for you lovers of children’s books. Please read about her newest project below and get in touch with your memories of “a book you always carry with you.” I’d love to hear your comments here as well!

anne frankHello,

I am looking for children’s books suggestions (from YOUR CHILDHOOD) for an upcoming project I am preparing for the Koffler Gallery in the fall of 2013 entitled We’re in the Library. As one of the participating artists I have been asked to create a work in response to the idea of the school library.

For my project, I’m interested in knowing which books from childhood (approximately age 6-14) have been IMPORTANT ones and had a long-lasting impact into your adult life. In essence, a book you always carry with you deep inside.

Perhaps by way of example, I will share my story. When I was 14 I entered the school library and the librarian said, “oh my goodness Sara, you look so much like Anne Frank.” As a Catholic girl raised in a small town, I was unfamiliar with Anne Frank’s story. And my response was “who is Anne Frank?” She immediately took Anne Frank’s Diary off the shelf and said, “you should read this.” So I did, and of course, the impact was profound. Not only did I look like Anne Frank, I was her age when she started writing the diary. And, I shared many of Anne’s feelings as a young burgeoning adolescent woman. Of course, her life circumstances were beyond my comprehension, and to discover Anne’s ultimate end was devastating. Her story changed me. Perhaps it was the real shift from childhood to adulthood. 

If you should care to, I would love to hear about your most important book. I will not be able to use all of the books suggested to me, I’m searching for a short-list of ten. But if you would like to share your story, please get in touch at the above website by MAY 27, 2013.

Many thanks

Sara Angelucci

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17 responses to “Your most important book: guest post from Sara Angelucci

  1. Hi, Sara. I read your post on Kristen’s blog. Here’s a link to a post I wrote about an important series of books: important because it was the beginning of an incurable covetousness when it comes to buying books, especially in sets!

    http://picklemethis.com/2011/06/06/wild-libraries-i-have-known-vanessas-bedroom/

    Good luck on your project. I hope you will ask Kristen to include an update when it’s complete.

    Nathalie Foy

  2. I will certainly do so, Nathalie, thanks!

  3. I went to the link, Nathalie. Wonderful post! And having seen your bookshelves, I think you are doing a marvelous job making up for lost books. And Nancy Drew — how I recall her titian hair described in the opening pages of every single book!

  4. Lenny

    As a child it was W.O. Mitchell’s Who Has Seen the Wind for me: the wild freedom of a vast and open prairie set against the puritanical posturing of misguided adults, of familial love and confusion and hesitantly stepping from childhood into maturity.
    I revisit the images so often it’s as though it became imbedded in my subconscious – as all good books do, I guess.

  5. Great suggestion, Lenny. Makes me want to read it now!

  6. When I was quite small I inherited a set of Mary Grannan books out of my grandmother’s house. They were Just Mary and Maggie Muggins stories that originally featured on the CBC. I think they were important to me as a connection to an earlier generation but also because they were Canadian and that this someone linked up in my mind to the idea that stories could be made and not *just* read.

  7. Sara Angelucci

    Thanks Everyone! These have all been wonderful suggestions! I really appreciate it!

    best, Sara

    • Sara Angelucci

      p.s. I was also hooked on Nancy Drew. I think she spurned an early interest in fashion…her green clothes always offset her reddish-brown hair.

  8. Linda Maudsley

    Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of my favourite books, that I purchased lately at a yard sale because I want to share it with my Grandchildren, I liked the idea of living on a farm and doing chores and making the food for the Family.

  9. Marilyn

    The Just Mary stories and the Maggie Muggins books were some of my favourites. I got both books as birthday gifts from my aunt, and I remember also listening to the dramatized stories on the CBC. Those stories made the world an exciting place where animals were your friends, and little mysteries about the neighbourhood were solved.The friendship between Maggie and Mr. McGarrity showed the trust between generations and how we can all help each other.

    • There’s something special about listening to the stories rather than watching the movie versions. Nellie loves her Roald Dahl books, and often curls up to listen to the audio collection.

  10. Lenny

    Missing your voice in blog land.

  11. Ann T

    Probably Anne of Green Gables and the early books of the Anne series. They were the book equivalent of delicious to me as a child. I loved the historical setting, the drama of an orphaned girl, the crustiness of Marilla and the comfort of Matthew, the excitement of Gilbert, and the idea of a bosom friend and kindred spirit like Diana.

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