Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Day 918


Why do birds fly south?


Because it's too far to walk.

What kind of animals can jump higher than a house?

All kinds of animals. Houses can not jump.


What time is it when an elephant sits on a fence?

Time to get a new fence.


If you drop a white hat into the Red Sea, what will it become?

Wet.




At Easter Mum pulled out the "Book of Riddles" which was one of my favourite books as a kid.  It is part of the "I can read it all by myself - Beginner Books" collection put out by Random House and which has the Cat in the Hat "logo" (suggesting it may be a Dr Seuss book, however it actually makes no reference to Dr Seuss at all which has confused me).  This particular copy was copyrighted in 1960 and first published in 1962. I'm not sure when I got it but it would have been around the mid 70's I guess. Anyway, it was one of my favourites and as the kids read out the riddles at the Easter table I was able to answer just about all of them proving that perhaps my Deep Fried "Alzheimer's" isn't as far progressed as I first thought.

I love the smell and feel and slightly "stained" appearance of old books.  It's just so ... so ... so "vintage".

I love the way the pages sound as you turn them, and how the combination of senses produces flash-backs stored in your cellular memory of decades past. I can't imagine a Kindle or iPad having the same effect on people in thirty years time.  Finding this book has reminded me to gather up some of Tahlia and Darby's favourite kiddie books and put them in lovely bundles tied with string for future generations.

What is a bird after he is four days old?

Five days old.


And my all time favourite:

What is big and red and eats rocks?

A big red rock eater.








Do you remember the books you read when you were a kid?


Do you still have any of them?


What is your all time favourite?




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