Yes… No… Maybe…? I don’t know!

A friend posted on Facebook about the British Government’s decision to plan air strikes over Syria, and she just simply put  “no likes, no comments, other than agree or disagree…”

Made me think.

I’m so not into politics, but this whole war against ISIS affects us all.

My first thought was …

Of course we should get over there, bomb the terrorists and show them what we think! Yes!!!!! Agree!!

Then I thought, and I changed my reply…

What about all those innocents who will be killed in the midst of hoping that we are striking an ISIS stronghold? That is certainly not fair…

As I scrolled down other people’s views there was a lone ‘sitting on the fence’. I didn’t change mine but…

Do I really want to be sat in the midst of World War 3? After all this is where it’s all headed, isn’t it? I’m no politician, I can’t make these decisions, but when I see things on the news, and I see my son, Lil Man, an impressionable 10 year old, who is starting to understand the implications of these happenings, watching, with concern, then turning to me to ask ” Mummy, are we going to war?” I really don’t want all this fighting, killing and bombing.

Of course we want peace. We want any religious extremists to not be there, killing in the name of God, a God who has never condoned the taking of lives. We want these people to either change, or not be there. 

But we don’t want bloodshed. 

Who wants their children to be brought up in a time of war, fearing everything, because we don’t know when they are going to retaliate, and when they do, because you know they will, where these retaliations will take place?

God only knows the right decision… I, for one, really don’t.

Books And Authors Who Coloured My Childhood – Part 6 – Dr Seuss

I think we must all know about Dr Seuss, the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, The Grinch, Green Eggs and Ham…

The writer who may have introduced rhyme to a lot of us, even though we didn’t know it at the time!

I don’t remember having many of the Dr Seuss books at home, but I remember searching for them in the bookshelves at school and bringing them home, to devour in one sitting!

As I got to the age of impending parenthood, as you may have noticed already, I made sure that these were one set of books (among many others!) that I must get for my children to be, and even for use in school, reading to my class!

My mini set!

My mini set!

Again another bundle of books my kids loved to read!

And I was so happy to find these to help them with their literacy and numeracy too!

Learning books!

Learning books!

Again Dr Seuss is another author whose books have inspired people to make movies!  How The Grinch Stole Christmas was a cartoon version made in 1966, which I only watched recently, in Film Club that I run in school! Now you have the Jim Carrey version, and there is the Lorax too, The Cat in the Hat, and Horton Hears a Hoo!

A couple of years ago, I also found this compilation of ‘lost’ Dr Seuse stories, which I had to get…obviously!

Lost stories

Lost stories

What is your favourite Dr Seuss book?

Read part 1 here.
Read part 2 here
Read part 3 here
Read part 4 here
Read part 5 here
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Books And Authors Who Coloured My Childhood – Part 5 – Ann Jungman

Vlad The Drac.

Have you heard of Vlad The Drac?

I was amazed to find out that not many people had! I read and reread these books as I really enjoyed them!

Ann Jungman wrote a series of books about Vlad the Drac, a vegetarian vampire who manages to come home with two English children after a holiday they went on in Romania!  I only ever read 3 of them, in a lovely set which my Mum had got for me, but now, with the advent of the internet, and search engines, I find there were 6 books! (My fingers itch to find them on ebay or amazon, but I am trying to be good, I am running out of space on the bookshelves! Actually there is no space, the floor in front of the kids bookshelf is now getting covered with books too!)

My original books

My original books

Again, I managed to retain my original books, thanks to my Mum, who’s hoarding habit can be a really good thing sometimes!

And I read these to the kids too, who loved them.  Lil Man has just finished reading all three himself, and actually dressed up as Vlad at World Book Day!

Hands up anyone else who has heard of Vlad the Drac?!

Read part 1 here.
Read part 2 here
Read part 3 here
Read part 4 here
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Books And Authors Who Coloured My Childhood – Part 4 – A. A. Milne

Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh
Fuzzy little wuzzy
All stuffed with fluff
He’s Winnie the Pooh
Fuzzy little wuzzy old bear!

How many of you have a Winnie the Pooh cuddly? Go on, admit it! You must have one! At least!

I was, and still am, totally in LOVE with Winnie the Pooh!

A.A.Milne, you were, and still are, in my eyes, wonderful!

I read, and reread the Pooh Bear books as a young girl, I even read from one as part of a reading examination!

And I still have my original book set from when I was a wee lass!

They're falling to bits! Well Loved!

They’re falling to bits! Well loved!

My boxed set

My boxed set!

I enjoyed the poems, as well as the, stories, and would sit with my cuddly Walt Disney-fied Winnie the Pooh, reading happily!

The kids like to see old Pooh Bear on the TV, it’s not the same, but that voice, and look, is what has stuck, rather than the original versions of him. When they were born, they were gifted soft toy versions of the various characters, Tigger being just like Lil Man, as he was a jumper from the off!

Bouncy trouncy

Trouncy bouncy

Fun fun fun fun fun!

I still managed to collect more books associated with Pooh Bear over the last few years, when they come via our discounted book club at work!

More collections

More collections

A pop un Hundred Acre Woods book!

A pop un Hundred Acre Woods book!

An Anthology of stories and poems

An Anthology of stories and poems

A sequel of sorts!

A sequel of sorts!

Were you an A.A.Milne fan?

Read part 1 here.
Read part 2 here
Read part 3 here

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Books And Authors Who Coloured My Childhood – Part 3 – Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

The BFG!

George’s Marvellous Medicine!

The Twits!

The Witches!

Oh I could go on!

I loved Roald Dahl! I am sure pretty much all of us would have been in some contact with Dahl’s work, whether it be by reading, or watching certain rather popular films! And the wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake.

I was actually a late started in getting into the actual books. I loved to watch Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, with the Oompa Loompas and all the funny characters, but I never realised it was a book first! Then at school we read George’s Marvellous Medicine and my literary world was expanded, yet again to a wealth of literature!

I didn’t get to read all his books then, but again, book slave that I am, I bought the set for my kids, and added where I found extras!

Roald Dahl Books

Roald Dahl Books

But a couple of books we all read as youngsters, and which I find rather gruesome and funny to date were the Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts Poetic Short Story books!

Poetry Perfection!

Poetry Perfection!

Again, when I saw them on offer, I had to get them for my children, how can you grow up and not have a dash of Roald Dahl in your life?!

Talking of a ‘dash’, did you know there is even a recipe book to go with these books?

Cooking with Dahl!

Cooking with Dahl! (and I don’t mean lentils!)

And where there’s Dahl, there has to be Blake, who can forget his great Mr Magnolia book, and Mrs Armitage stories!

Quentin Blake's efforts!

Quentin Blake’s efforts!

There are a few now that have been made into movies, and obviously we saw the remake of Willy Wonka recently, which I can proudly say my brother is actually in! He was part of the production team so his name is in the credits and he was asked to step in as an extra too!  He got to meet Johnny Depp – swoon! but didnt’ get me his autograph! Bah! More recently, a lesser known book, Esio Trot, was made into a tele-film with Dame Judy Dench, and Dustin Hoffman!

I am now familiar with most of his texts as I have read them with my kids, and I loved every minute of reading to them! Now, as they are getting older, they pick books like these themselves to read silently, and I am so happy to see that!

Which Roald Dahl book was your favourite?
Read part 1 here.
Read part 2 here
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