Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Book-ish Matters

I know I recently talked about catching Matilda on HBO. Well, last week, they showed Harriet the Spy several times. I have always loved the book. Marguerite enjoyed the movie (Michelle Trachtenberg is so cute there. Forget Gossip Girl and all her recent work, I'll always think of her as Harriet.) and I showed our copy of the book. She has professed interest in reading it even though it's not a picture book. The reading thing, sigh... if it happens early, then it happens early. She has plenty of exposure even if there's no formal teaching. She might surprise me as she has many times over. As far as I'm concerned, there are to be no "formal" reading lessons until she's developmentally ready. How do I know when she reaches that point? She'll let me know. :)


Going back to the HBO lineup... I hope they show more of this sort of movies (film adaptations of children's books), not for Marguerite's sake, but mine, lol. I love 'em. You know what I would like to see? The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Chip caught it on TV back when she was a kid, but I have yet to see it.


Speaking of reading, Mom and Chip went with us to Marguerite's dance class, the location of which is right next to a secondhand bookshop. They spent almost the entire hour there and came out with a bulging shopping bag. I personally got two DIY/craft books, a children's book (Sprout's Window Cleaner), and a back issue (March/April 2010) of Capper's Magazine (which naturally, if you know anything about me, hehe, I love - it's a magazine for small town and rural dwellers; it has articles on farming, gardening, nutrition, etc.). I had to get out of there as a measure of self-control. Otherwise, I would have bought so much more. Btw, I found this ad on the Reader to Reader section:
I would like to locate an Army soldier I met in 1944 at a USO event in New York City, at the Waldorf or Roosevelt, when I was in the Navy. I don't recall his name but he has my 1940 high school class ring, and I would like to have it back.
:D I would really love to know the story behind that...

10 comments:

The Kano said...

There's just something about browsing through a bookshop isn't there? I love to go to the National Book Stores here and browse.

swirlyagelessmind said...

you know how our books are mostly second-hand and how several still have addresses of former owners... i'm sometimes tempted to send them a postcard or something just to let them know how far their books have traveled...like in griffin and sabine...just the sending of the postcard bit.:)

Vera said...

Oh there really must be a wonderful and interesting story behind that ad. :)

Sharkbytes said...

The ring story is great! I think I need restraints in book stores too.

spinninglovelydays said...

@Dave: I love National (even if their clerks aren't the best there are, lol) if only because I grew up buying books from them. :)

@Chip: if the address is there, why not?

@Vera: I know, right? I hope the soldier is still alive. I think both of them would be in their 80s now.

@Sharkbytes: It certainly made me think of ships that pass in the night. :)
Visits to book stores are definitely a test of control, lol

moonchild117 said...

I also go to bookstores and read my time away. I actually finished reading The Tales of Beedle the Bard during my trips to Powerbooks. Didn't need to buy it, hahaha!

And the ad, that's interesting. It kinda makes me want to write a fiction about the ring's background. :P

spinninglovelydays said...

Doesn't it? I already have several guesses as to what happened in 1944, lol

ian said...

it is heartening that even in the age of almost everything "virtual" and "online", there's still a desire to hold an actual book, feel the pages, savor the turning of the page. also, we have a lot of up and coming writers who churn out excellent work alongside the more veteran ones. for kids' books, Dr Luis Gatmaitan's series of children's books tackling health concerns without being preachy takes the cake.

are there books and authors from the Philippines whom you *heart*? are there other aspects of the Philippines you feel strongly positive about?

i have a mini-contest to celebrate my being Pinoy and my blogoversary =] if you have time please visit http://elsalvadordelmundo.blogspot.com/2010/09/fourth-blog-anniversary-contest-mission.html =]

spinninglovelydays said...

I think there will always be people who stick to the old school ways. I like reading many Filipino writers, but have yet to discover really good ones in the YA category. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know about your contest. :)

ian said...

hmm i would agree... the YA crowd would still be an underserved market. maybe the ongoing Manila Int'l Book Fair in SMX has something new offer?

oh, thanks, and hope you can join the contest =]