Most people love to pick up a book, curl up in their favorite chair, and read another’s words printed on the page (or on the Kindle and Nook screens). Some read to relax, and others to stimulate their minds, while most read to temporarily escape from whatever current reality surrounds them.
Those that like to read started with books in their hands when they were very small. Many, like me, raced to the bedroom at night so that mommy and daddy could read a bedtime story before turning out the lights.
Most children enjoy the classic fairy tales such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, Rapunzel, or Snow White.
I read the classics, but the Serendipity Book Series by Stephen Cosgrove was my favorite read as a child. These books each teach an important lesson like most fairy tales, but sadly this series doesn’t have the same popularity with children today.
The one that I probably read the most was about a little bunny named Leo, whose ears weren’t like the other bunnies in the field. Leo the Lop shares a great message for all ages alike – “normal is whatever you are.” Don’t the children today need to hear this message?
Muffin Dragon (also known as The Muffin Muncher) teaches the important lesson of sharing after a village dragon eats all of the baker’s muffins.
Sassafras, the little elephant, learns that imitating others isn’t very kind after she hears an echo of her very words.
Flutterby, the little flying Pegasus, flutters about trying to discover exactly who and what she is. It takes meeting a wise butterfly for Flutterby to see her true beauty in her reflection.
Freezing, The Gnome from Nome seeks desperately to find a way to warm up, and when he meets a sea otter learns that true warmth stems from friendships.
Shimmeree and her other crystal horse friends learn that they don’t have to fear the unknown after she discovers a seed that blooms into a beautiful rose spreading beauty across the land.
There are over 50 books in the Serendipity series, but these six hooked me as a child and so began my addiction to reading. Luckily for me, my Serendipity books are safe and sound in my mother’s cedar chest along with my baby blanket and other childhood keepsakes.
As I grew up, I read books all the time, some more than once like Charlotte’s Web and Little Women. Reading for enjoyment during the early years undoubtedly helps a child transition when reading becomes an assignment in school.
Maybe the fabOoolous Serendipity series is the reason I have an addiction to buying books today? Maybe Cosgrove is one of the reasons I write?
Regardless, I can’t recommend books enough, and Leo the Lop, Muffin Dragon, Sassafras, Flutterby, The Gnome from Nome, and Shimmeree deserve all the credit for creating this word lover. Oh, and my parents.
What books did you read as a child? Do you read those same books to your children today? Have you read any of Cosgrove’s Serendipity Series? I’d love to hear from you!