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April 08, 2009



I learned to read early; I was 3 or 4. My mom said I taught myself to read because I was mad she wouldn't read the Sunday funnies to me.

I loved the Bobbsey Twins when I was in 1st grade. I used to go to the used bookstore and stock up on Bobbsey Twins and Trixie Belden.


My mom taught me to read when I was four with these books I couldn't stand by an author called Margaret Hillert. They were much simplified fairy tales, and cutting down the vocab certainly limited the stories. They were so dull! A few years later, I liked The Bobbsey Twins too, though I still wonder how Flossie Bobbsey was damaged by her childhood nickname "the Fat Little Fairy".


Oh my...in fact I was in that class..do you remember the threat of the strap?? ..I read the Bobbsey twins as well, but the first books I ever bought with my own money, were Little House on the Prairie...and my daughter read them in grade one as well!


Hey Cindy! How fun is this? You were in the top group, I remember. And so were Deirdre and Roger. Who else? And do you remember exactly what the groups were called? There was a little boy with red hair and freckles who also got a little extra help and then bumped up to the top group, too. I think he moved away after that year because I don't remember his name. And I *do* remember the threat of the strap -- but no one ever got strapped, did they? I remember Mrs. Tanner used to make naughty children go stand in the "cloak closet." Or maybe it was the "cloak cupboard." Sounds Victorian. I loved that building.

Kerry, I didn't remember Flossie's nickname until now! Ha. And "Flossie" is bad enough.

R -- I loved Trixie Belden, too. And her rich friend with the honey-coloured hair and eyes who was called, obviously, "Honey."

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I remember being technically able to read in kindergarten and first grade, but not really getting it until second grade. I think I must have been pretty slow until then. I don't remember exactly when I became a voracious reader, or what I read early on, other than weird stapled together cat/mat/bat books in kindergarten. At some point I did read every Bobbsey Twins and Trixie Belden book I could get my hands on. I also remember reading old Reader's Digests at a friend's house. They only had one small bookshelf of very random books and I read every one, including Art Linkletter's Kids Say the Darndest Things. I was fascinated with that book.


haha...I dont remember what the groups were called, but, I have to admit, that I too, at the age of 6, realized that the groups were divided by "smart" levels...oh my...red hair and freckles boy? I dont remember, but I think I remember Chris Uhlman being in that group..I remember the "cloak closet"..lol..and only the threat of the strap...but I can picture Mrs Tanner in my mind..so she was obviously a memorable teacher...for one reason or another...other than that, I dont recall the divisions being so apparant until we had the 4/5 split later on...and I remember being proud, yet again, to be in the 5 side of the split...haha...my competitive nature lives on....;)

Trixie Beldon and Bobbsey twins...Im pretty sure we switched back and forth...I loved to read ....and still do...;)

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