Top Ten Tuesday:
Books wrecked on my watch, either accidentally or on purpose (and how it happened)
[I'm off the board again this week. The actual topic, Books you won't let others touch, was a non-starter as I have no books which are off limits to others.]
Today I was reading my grandson a book which his mother wrecked when she was a little girl. It got me thinking of all the books that I still own, even though they were wrecked for some reason or another. Here is my list:
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
This is my first book. I colored on every page. Actually, scribbled on the pages is a more accurate description. I still own this wrecked book. It is very dear to me.
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
This was one of my daughters' favorite books. Daughter #1 ripped several of the pages. I taped them up and this is the book I was reading to that daughter's son today.
The Holy Bible
This particular edition of The Bible was given to me at church when I was going into 3rd grade. It was sitting on a counter at home when we had a freak storm and the roof leaked. The leak was right above that Bible. By the time I found it, it was water soaked. Amazingly I was able to dry it sufficiently to avoid mold but not wrinkly pages. I still use it occasionally.
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
I just bought this book within the month. It was sitting on the dining table when my hubby and I were eating pancakes with homemade blueberry compote. I stabbed a blueberry which exploded its contents across the table and hit the fore-edge of the pages with a big splat. Now I have a lovely purple stain on my newest book.
Families by Star Bright Books
This board books looks really old but it isn't. The dog got a hold of it and nibbled on all the corners, even eating a chunk out of the back page. It is still a favorite choice for my grandson.
Tikvah: Children's Book Creators Reflect on Human Rights
I had two copies of this wonderful book in the school library where I worked before retirement. I cut up one of them, laminated the pages, and created a lesson plan around a writing activity for English classes.
Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest by Larry Ulrich
I did the same thing with this book from my library collection. I cut up the pictures of the beautiful and odd flowers found in nature around here. The lesson plan was designed for students as a poetry activity. It was lots of fun when I partnered with teachers to do this lesson.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
My daughters have first editions of all the Harry Potter books, that was they "had" until I wrecked this book by watering a plant too heavily right above the shelf where the books sit. This one took the brunt of the water and was dead. We had to visit second hand book shops until we found another first edition of this book. My name was Mudd until we found the replacement.
The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry
Our family loves this book and reads it every Christmas. We loved it so much that we wrecked the spine so it fell apart. A replacement was procured.
I'm sure I've wrecked more books but these are the ones which are coming to mind right now.
How about you? What books have you wrecked and why?