What Was That Book? My Journey to Find 2 Childhood Books, Lost in My Memory
June 22, 2012
We all have them; books that spoke to us as children. Or at least, we have ones that we read over and over again. I had two books that I read so many times you would have thought I would have had them memorized. They were located in my elementary school library, run by my school librarian Ms. Baker. You would think after reading these books so many times, there would have been no possible way for me to forget their titles. Forget them I did, for more years than I should count.
In my spare time I would try different search terms, search engines, websites; always the search was fruitless…until the day. The Day, as I like to call it, was a day like any other, but this time my search yielded results! I found one of the books from my childhood, Grandpa’s Ghost Stories by James Flora. Once I saw the cover, I knew it was the right book. I can remember sitting at the wooden table, feeling like Grandpa was telling his stories to me. With one victory under my belt, I felt confident continuing my search for book number two.
The second book was harder to find. I could only remember something about peanut butter and jelly. It took longer, but I did not give up and I eventually found it, In the Peanut Butter Colony by Louis Ross. Again, it was seeing the cover that brought back so many fond memories. Yet, when I looked at what the story was about, I was quite surprised that I had found it so interesting. I guess some of our interests from childhood stay the same, and some change.
One of our branches still had a copy of Grandpa’s Ghost Stories, so I immediately put it on hold. In the Peanut Butter Colony was a bit more rare. A good, used version of the book goes for $89.99. If you want a very good copy, it will cost you more, $999.61. I decided to try and get it through Interlibrary Loan. Sadly, I was not able to get a copy of it.
The feelings I had after finding the titles and getting to see the cover of the books, or even reread them in the case of Grandpa’s Ghost Stories, was pretty close to priceless. My quest for these two titles did turn up some very useful sites to help me on my next walk down memory lane. Check out these sites for any books your memory might have misplaced.