"The most memorable books from our childhood are those that make us feel less alone, convince us that our own foibles and quirks are both as individual as a fingerprint and as universal as an open hand." Anna Quindlen, from A Wrinkle in Time
As it snows outside today, we're nestled inside where we're engrossed in some fun children's books from the local library. I recently read A Wrinkle In Time, written in the early 1960's by Madeleine L'Engle, which is a fascinating tale of "adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem."
Just in case you're wondering what a tesseract is a wrinkle in time. Can't tell you more.
Now I'm reading the sequel A Wind in the Door. It's a great autumn read for the story takes place in November. "(When) Meg comes home from school, Charles Wallace tells her he saw dragons in the twin's vegetable garden. That night Meg, Calvin and C.W. go to the vegetable garden to meet the Teacher (Blajeny) who explains that what they are seeing isn't a dragon at all, but a cherubim named Proginoskes. It turns out that C.W. is ill and that Blajeny and Proginoskes are there to make him well - by making him well, they will keep the balance of the universe in check and save it from the evil Echthros. Meg, Calvin and Mr. Jenkins (grade school principal) must travel inside C.W. to have this battle and save Charles' life as well as the balance of the universe." excerpt from amazon.ca
As a child I was an avid reader and I loved stories like this where the characters ventured into places and experiences I was far too timid in real life to even dream about. I loved and admired their boldness and courage, and quite happily lived their adventures from the safety of our cozy living room couch or my little bedroom.
Part of the warmth I feel when I read these stories is because they stoke up memories long forgotten from my elementary school days. Good school days with many happy memories and feelings of being safe and cozy inside a classroom with large, long windows, images of big chalky blackboards with rows of alphabet cards tacked along the top ridge, walls full of colourful artwork or coloured leaves pressed between waxed paper.
And don't forget the important part ... the shelves in the classroom lined with dozens of inviting books, all ready and waiting for free reading time. Not to mention the utter bliss of 'checking' a book out for home time. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy ..............
Funny, I don't recall reading these particular stories when I was a much younger person, but if they were available in our little school library, I probably did. I do know I'm sure enjoying them all these many years later.
It's never too late to catch up on all the reading we missed in our childhood. I'm sure glad of that. These two Wrinkle books are a set of five in the series.
Wishing you some happy free reading time,