The Wonderful World of Books

Books make great friends!

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The Wonderful World of Books

Let me fall asleep with a book in my hands

And, dream sweet dreams of faraway lands;

Where adventures abound in valleys and woods,

Like the one about Red Riding Hood.


There are people to meet and new foods to taste

To watch t.v. would be such a waste;

Pirates and witches and monsters and kings!

Oh, a book can be filled with so many things.


I can be anything I want in a book;

A brilliant scientist or a clever cook

I can build cities or create a domain

Of a brand new country and call it my name.


What fun there is inside a book!

So, open one up and take a look.

There’s a special one waiting just for you.

I love to read and hope you do, too.


Denise Handlon

Written 9/12/11 No portion of this original work can be printed, copied or reproduced in any way without the expressed written permission of the author.





The importance of reading

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Reading to children

As writers we are in love with words and books-whether reading, writing or collecting them. This poem began with the realization that I had fallen asleep while reading, once again. How many of us have done that same thing?

Worse than that are the countless times when I would attempt to read a bedtime story to my children, (and later my grandchildren), only to have them nudging me awake because I had dozed off between pages.

In fact, I recall a particular time when I had been reading to my oldest granddaughter, Olivia when she began to laugh. “Grandma,” she said giggling, “you’re asleep.” She went on to tell me that I had been mumbling something about cookies, which had nothing to do with the story.

The next day, after picking her up from school and asking her how her day was, she informed us that for show and tell she told the class that her grandmother fell asleep reading the story and said, “Where’s the cookies?” This got gales of laughter from her classmates.


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About the poem

There are many high quality stories that transport the reader into an adventure or imaginary life somewhere. A few of the classics that have been around for our enjoyment are: David Copperfield, Jane Austin, Sherlock Holmes, Huckleberry Finn, Little Women, Alice in Wonderland, The Last of the Mohicans, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Robinson Crusoe. This is just one small sampling of great authors whose works have stood the test of time.

Then, of course, there are the countless variations of Fairy Tales, and children’s classics, like: Winnie the Pooh, Little House on the Prairie, Curious George, Black Beauty, Good Night Moon, The Secret Garden , The Hobbit, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

One of the books that I recall reading as a young girl was the story of The Swiss Family Robinson . My friends and siblings and I would then have our own adventures in our local woods re-enacting various parts while climbing into fallen trees.

I chose to make this lyrical poem because it was intended as an invitation to young children to discover how fun reading can be, and rhyme is so appealing to a younger audience. The regular beat has a sing-song quality to it that children can relate to.

I deliberately chose words that children would connect with ‘pirates and witches and monsters and kings’ , for instance. And, finally, I made a dig at t.v. consuming society’s attention, drawing kids away from their imaginations and physical activity: ‘to watch t.v. would be such a waste.’



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rand00 5 years ago from Osijek

What a great hub! I love to read and that love gave me idea to make this site: http://www.best2buy-ebooks.com/


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Wonderful hub. Enjoyed the poem very much..Books are a great way to relax and go to faraway places.I love reading to my grandchildren too.. Thank you for sharing.

Sunnie


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

nice poem. There were many times when I, too, fell asleep reading to my kids. Even now, I can't read in bed for longer than about 5 mins without falling asleep unless it's a real page turner. The bad part is now I really can't read anywhere without starting to fall asleep! Guess I've conditioned myself to do the one after the other!


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ewelz51 5 years ago from Somewhere in the South...

Very sweet poem


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great poem. Sometimes when I read in the afternoon i often nod off. Voted up and Awesome.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

I just love this Denise, the whole thing! The poem is really sweet and the rest was quite special. Nice work as always--

Cheers~

K9


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Rand00-nice to meet you; thanks for commenting. I checked out your site and have added it to my favorites list.

Hi Sunnie Day-Thanks for your comments.

Danette-thanks for the email alert. :) I was soooo tired when I worked on this. I hear you sister! I'm the same way...maybe I'm just tired ALL the time now, LOL

ewelz51-thank you. I appreciate your reading and commenting.

Thanks Writer20 for the vote! I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

Hi K9-thanks for stopping in and reading. Awww, thanks. :)


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phillippeengel 5 years ago

An exemplary poem, true and simple.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, phillippeengel, for stopping by to read and comment. I've read a few of your pieces as well and have left some comments. Nice to meet you.


stessily 5 years ago

Denise: This poem is enchanting! The opening lines are so inviting: "Let me fall asleep with a book in my hands And, dream sweet dreams of faraway lands." Your word choices are enticingly effective. This poem seems to be an irresistible invitation to the child in all of us to enter the magical world of books.

A pastime I enjoy is walking while listening to recorded books on CD. I've also found that a cure for restless sleep is listening to recorded books; there is something so restful about being read to! And yes, I fall asleep reading all the best books; I think they just want to follow me into dreamland.

Thank you for sharing this enchanting poem!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

As always, stessily, your comments are full of wonderful feedback and compliments-thank you. I haven't done the audio books yet, but will keep that in mind.

I actually was thinking that this poem might make a cute picture book...what do you think?


stessily 5 years ago

Denise, I think your enchanting poem would make an excellent picture book. The effect that it had on me was to take me back to childhood, to the land of counterpane, with Robert Louis Stevenson. Your poem smoothly opens the doors to the imagination. Not only would children love having it read to them, but they would also love learning to read with it. And anyone who reads to children, from parents to aunts/uncles, grandparents, older siblings, babysitters, etc., would enjoy reading these lines. I love the reference to Little Red Riding Hood. I see your poem as well-loved!

Best wishes, Stessily


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Wow! Thank you for visualizing this and sharing it so clearly with me. That was very helpful. Much obliged.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I love your poem and you falling asleep and mumbling about cookies brought a smile to my face. I often fall asleep reading.

I like the dig about TV, so many children are sat in front of the TV or playing computer games and totally miss out on the joy of reading.

Lovely hub


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Good hub. Are you old enough to remember Jiminy Cricket? I seem to remember him saying..."Books are your friend, my friend!" Smiled over images in my head of you falling asleep while reading to your children. You had probably read the story over and over again and put yourself to sleep. Ha!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Loved your poem. Reading opens a whole new world to children. I can't remember a time when i didn't get lost in a book..Thank you..


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DonnaCosmato 5 years ago from USA

Clever poem and I love how you intertwined the links to your other articles! You have my vote for the most creative hub I've seen this week, and voted up as well.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Your poem reminds me of my childhood when I dreamed about the incredible world described in the books. My parents read books to me so I understand the importance of reading to children


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Denise, I read a lot of books, but nowadays I don't read novels. Thanks to your hub, I am going to treat myself and read one just for the fun of it. Your hub had me remembering how I used to cuddle up in bed and read until the a.m. as I couldn't put the book down. :)

Voted up!


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Reprieve26 5 years ago from Oregon Coast

I enjoyed reading your poem. It was well crafted and it had a great message.

I also chuckled when I read the part about your grandaughter using the story about you as show and tell. ;)

Voted up! :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks everyone for reading and leaving such encouraging comments. I know I will always find supporters of books and reading here!

Marie-be sure to grab that book soon!

Reprieve-thanks for commenting on that part; I laughed and thought it was hilarious but my daughter didn't think it was so funny...Oh, the part I forgot to mention was that earlier that morning my daughter realized that Olivia had forgotten her object for show and tell. The fact that she came up with this story just emphasized to me how clever and quick thinking she was. LOL


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Oh Denise, this was so great! A wonderful ode to the wonders of reading a book AND a wonderfully funny story about you reading a book to your young grand-daughter. I laughed out loud when she told it to her show and tell group- the part about the cookies cracked me up!!!!

Voted up across the board!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Gail-thanks. I thought it was hilarious but somehow my youngest daughter was all upset about 'being appropriate'. I'm not sure if you read the comment I left for reprieve, above yours, but she had left her object at home and improvised, which I thought was wonderfully clever! It sure entertained the group--which is prob what my daughter did NOT want happening.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Denise, I concur! I love books, too! And I love this poem, too. You have captured that innocent, child-like wonder of what books can offer us, far above technology and screens. Beautiful poem and I wish you the best in the contest!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Prairieprincess-thanks for your comments. There sure are some wonderful hubs entered. Best to as well.


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

yes, and i do love books too...thank you for sharing this inspiring hub...it only shows we have things in common...i started reading books as a young child and have read almost all the classic books especially the fairy tales...


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

So nice to see you here again, Rainiwa-yes, I can only imagine that you were as bright a child as you are here as a writer on Hubpages. :) I"m glad you enjoye the hub.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Denise - this was just way too cool. You said you used words to connect with kids, and I realized I'd either terribly immaature, or still a kid at heart! I'm picking the "kid at heart", otherwise, I may end up with a complex, lol.

Many of the books you mentioned were some of my favorite reads growing up, and still are! You're right ... some books become good friends.

For years and years, every single fall, when the weather cooled and the temp started dropping into sweater weather, I'd break out my worn-down dog-eared copies of The Lord of the Rings series, head outside with hot coffee, and start my adventure with Mr. Tolkein all over again. The paths were familiar, the faces and places were familiar, and even with read after read, it never got old.

Wonderful job on this piece!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Femmefatal-thanks for your great comment. I can just imagine the summer return. For me it would be Two Kill a Mockingbird; or back in the day: The OUtsiders!

The heart of a child is most definitely what you have...the connection is to select words that appeal to that. :) Thanks


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brittanytodd 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

What a wonderful poem! This is how I feel about reading and you used references to book I read during my childhood. Thank you for sharing this excellent hub. Voted up, etc!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Brittany. I appreciate your comments. It appears that this accolade for books and reading has hit the Hubber heart. :)


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I could not resist- the title drew me in to your world of books. I must live next door.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Two thumbs up to you, Storytellersus. Thanks for popping in.


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Taleb80 5 years ago

When you encourage someone to read, you give him the chance to live a new life.

It is painful for me when I discover that book I given to someone as present to push him to read, has not been taken out the bag.

Thanks for sharing this interesting hub, so I voted the same.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Taleb80-thanks for reading and commenting. I agree. I give so many books as gifts and can only hope that the receipiant enjoys it. It is discouraging for me to know that so many children/teens/adults even, cannot read or don't read well-functionally illiterate. It would be one of my 'platforms' should I ever be in a position to advocate something state or nationwide.


Kerry43 4 years ago

Good morning, Denise. I love your poem. I always tell my kids, " you can go anywhere with a book". I used to despise reading, anything. Now I find there are just not enough hours in the day to read.

Have a happy day:)

Kerry


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Kerry-I agree...there is never enough time and always new books to discover and old ones to reunite with. Your advice to your kids was the same I gave to mine! I'm happy my grandkids enjoy reading as well. Thanks for your comments.


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Wonderful hub! Reading to kids is so important, as is allowing them to read and explore any book that captures their imagination. When the last few books for the Harry Potter set were coming out, my mother, younger sisters and I would stay up late and then drive to 45 miles to the local Wal-Mart. We were usually the only people there (the town did not approve of Harry Potter), and we would get the first new copy right out of the crate. We would then drive home and stay up all night taking turns reading it out loud. Sometimes we finished the whole book before we slept! And we often fell asleep while reading, leading to some hilarious moments!

We weren't little kids, I was in my twenties and my sisters were teens, but it was still a great memory. We started doing reading circles" when we were very young...(I think my baby sister was 8 when we read Ivanhoe) and we continued them until we moved out on our own. Now I read to my daughter the same way. Not just her books. This week, we are reading Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters...because she loves the cover. :)

Voting up and sharing your wonderful poem and hub!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I enjoyed your poem and story. I could imagine all the kids laughing at your granddaughters story about the cookies :)


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Lovely poem, Denise! Books have been a constant my entire life. How exciting and wonderful they are. There is a place in this world for us writers. :)


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA

I can imagine you reading this poem to your grandchildren, Denise. I'm sure they'd love it! You have a wonderful way with words for young and old, alike!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Denise....GREAT hub...love the poem! From a very serious Book Worm....Voted UP ++++ Book, books and more books! I can't imagine a happy life without them.


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ARUN KANTI 3 years ago from KOLKATA

Very much enjoyed the lovely poem. I subscribe to the view that the books are the only dependable companion till death. Thanks for sharing.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Sharkye-what a wonderful memory and tradition your mother has started! I love the idea of a reading circle. It reminds me of the father who read to his daughter every night, including her first day away at college. Bravo for you, and anyone who reads to their children! Thanks for the engaging comments. I appreciate the share. I really do envision this poem as a child's book...maybe one day. :)

Linda-laugh they did, as did I...her mother, however, was not amused. I know I was a 'serious' mom when I was raising my girls, but now I want to tell them to 'lighten up'. Thanks for your comments.

Yes, Bill...a place for writers and readers; books have been my constant friends over the years. Thanks for your feedback. :)

Hi Stephie-Thanks!

Hello fpherj48-thank you for all of your enthusiastic + 's. Bookworms rock! Glad you enjoyed the poem. It actually had been published in an online journal this past February.

Hello ARUN K- oh, I so agree...dependable, constant friends. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I guess I started reading to my children when they were being potty trained. As they would sit and sit and sit , I would read to them!

I still like to read, but now I fall asleep no matter what time of day or night it is.

Voted UP and shared.


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Thundermama 3 years ago from Canada

I just loved this poem. As an avid reader it really resonated with me as I am sure it will with my daughters. Lovely, simple, fantastic. You have quite a knack with verse.


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whonunuwho 3 years ago from United States

Thank you for sharing this work. I have always considered books a form of societies way of preservation for our futures, a salvation for our society. whonu


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Simple, well coordinated, and smooth poetry. I feel really delighted to go through it.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

I fell in love with reading as a child. Books are a wonderful world of escape and still today I read and it helps me forget about my troubles and get lost within the pages. A great way to relieve stress. All the books you mentioned are great classics and the poem was very sweet.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Mary-I got quite a chuckle from your comment, lol I remember handing books to my youngest brother when he was being potty trained. Thanks for the vote up. :)

Thundermama-I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this poem. Thanks for your support. One of these days I'd like to see this in book form. :)

Hi whnunuwho I couldn't agree with you more! Books do preserve our culture in ways that other art forms can never meet.

Hi pinto2011-Thanks for sharing your delight with this poem.

Thanks Truthfornow. I loved books from the moment my mother began to read to me...what a world to escape into. I'm grateful for her sharing with me how special books are and her joy in reading. Thanks for your comments.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Awesome poem about the importance of reading books, enjoyed reading.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I love books--and am just about ready to go upstairs and read until I fall asleep--such an appropriate piece to read before retiring!


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Vellur and Audrey-thanks for your feedback. This poem was actually requested by another author for publication in a North Carolina magazine. She was writing about the importance of reading. :) Thanks again.

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