I asked my mother this (of me) the other day, wanting to correlate my memory of my first reading experience with hers — and was surprised by the answer.
I’ve long thought the first chapter book I ever read was Charlotte’s Web, when I was about eight. This is what I’ve been telling people for years. Only it turns out it isn’t the case.
My mother tells the tale with conviction. Apparently one day she glanced across at me, all of six years old, and noticed me with my nose buried in Alice in Wonderland. A little surprised, she asked me to read some of it out — which I did promptly.
I remember loving Alice in Wonderland as a child. My grandmother indulged this, and bought me everything Alice one could buy — dolls, pop-up books, playing cards, books about Lewis Carroll… I even have a mug from an exhibition years ago (from when I was considerably more than six).
But I hadn’t remembered this to be my first proper reading experience. And now — although I do remember being a complete and utter bookworm for as long as I can remember — I’m a little surprised I read Alice at age six. I mean, now I look at it as an adult, it’s a little weird and I’m not all that sure I like it.
Funny how one’s perceptions can change, huh? However, I have retained a very strong love of fantasy, so that’s consistent.
So, without further ado, please share your first remembered reading experience with me… How does it reflect your current tastes?
(This post was inspired by the sixth of those 11 questions…)