The second book is also well read, but these stories and illustrations I do remember. The illustrations more than the stories, actually, so I imagine these were read to me while I was looking at the pictures. There is a lot of information about the world already snuck in these stories, and some moralities, too.
The illustrations are wonderful, and made by many different artists in many different styles. I find that I still loose track of time when I look at them.
|The Moon is a Griffin Egg.|
|The Emperor´s new clothes.|
|Snow White and Rosy Red, who saved the Prince, then married him, and his brother.|
|George Washington Carver, with a book. Total identification!|
I see now that volume four and five are not much read, and they don´t ring many bells either, as I leaf through them. Animal friends and life in many lands seems not to have appealed to me as much as great men and famous deeds and exploring the world around me. When I look in those well-read volumes, I realize that I pretty much everything I know comes from these books. Anything I have later learned, has somehow been attached to these first images.
The last few books were perhaps not as influential. By the time I was that age, I had moved on to other kinds of literature. They are also a bit more about growing up, and that probably didn´t appeal to me, not in the way of the 50´s and early 60´s, anyway. Times had changed, I suppose.
|Thomas Alva Edison failing creatively. This almost happened in real life.|
|Did I mention my grandpa was a goalie, too? A real hero.|
|The seed of my devotion to Time Team. (And perhaps why I think archeology is so sexy.)|
|I still have a good grasp of what is moving in the sky.|
|And of course I did all these experiments.|
And when I look at volumes 8-11, I laugh and think that in so many ways, I am still a Childcrafter! Here it all is, the basic instructions to all the things I still do, and the way I do them. My grandmother once reflected that I don´t do things like she did and like my mother did - the explanation is, I learned everything from Childcraft, even cooking!
|How to write a story. I do this every day. Sit and stare at the wall, that is...|
|A whole book in the series is devoted to different types of art.|
|The Bayeaux tapestry, depicting the Normand invasion of Britain.|
|Seeing this totally cracked me up, because...|
|...the last week or so, I have been working on this.|
If I ever really do become a great man doing great deeds, and someone asks me to write my memoirs, I shall structure them just like the Childcraft series. That way, I think they will become most true to the way I´m really thinking.
Yeah, I see what I just wrote. My memoirs will be about the way I´m thinking. Of course.