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One of the many books that the Bee got last year was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. When she unwrapped it, I almost swooned with joy. I confess, I think the Bee is slightly too young for it. But I’m not.

If only I could find my own wrinkle in time, so I could go back to the point in my life when I had not yet read this book, just so that I could read it again for the first time, I’d be truly happy. Though since it gets better with each reading, maybe I should stick with the 15 or so times I’ve already been through it.

I say 15, but that’s really just a guess. I doubt that I could count the ‘dark and stormy nights’ that I stayed up too late, reading it over and over again. Oh Mrs Whatsit & Mrs Who, how I wished that you would come knock on my door one rainy night and take me off somewhere more interesting than the suburbs where I was growing up, somewhere fantastical.

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March 25, 2007. books for kids.

8 Comments

  1. Angel replied:

    A Wrinkle In Time was one of the best books I ever read when I was in middle school. It was a required class reading in 7th or 8th grade. I don’t remember as much about it as I would if I’d reread it, but I do remember little blurps.

    Did your child ever get to read it? I agree with you, it’s a wonderful book for kids. 😀

  2. crabbykate replied:

    I keep passing this book at the library thinking “Alice is ready for this, right?” And then I’ll remember she’s only four and still finds The Lion King scary. Definitely one of my faves as a pre-teen, and can’t wait to share it with her.

  3. sober briquette replied:

    One of my favorites, too. I think I’ll be swooning when the time comes. I’ve been waiting since my daughter was BORN for her to read this book!

  4. Kimberly replied:

    Read it again. Some books are like visiting with old friends.

    This is one of the ones I’m also eagerly waiting to share. And may I say, bravo for waiting! It’s such a temptation to say “here! Read this! It’s wonderful!” the moment they are remotely capable of decoding the words, but I really believe that approach does a disservice to our children. Sometimes, waiting is the right choice–they will get so much more out of a book when they are truly ready for it, not simply capable of it. Besides, there are so many other wonderful, age appropriate books out there, why rush?

  5. jackie replied:

    “A Wrinkle in Time” is so AMAZING. Also, “Wind in the Door” and “Swiftly Tilting Planet”– the whole Murry family is great, but Meg? Charles Wallace? My dream brother and sister!!!!

    I can’t wait to read those with my kids too. I must confess, I have reread them just for myself many times even after reaching adulthood!

  6. Jennifer (ponderosa) replied:

    I love this one too. I still have my copy from when I was a pre-teen.

  7. Jay replied:

    You’re a cutie patootie

  8. Elinor Dandrea replied:

    One of My Son’s top favorites as a child. He read it in 4th grade, and now I swear he is a writer becuase of it!

    As a family of writers, his poetry and mine, Children’s books
    Im always happy to see the inspiration continues through the reading of that book, in pariticular.
    Olivia the Magical Gourd’s Author

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