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My Yard: 04/27/07

My Yard

At the April BookCrossing meeting Sean and I were given a stack of children's books. My Yard is one of those books.

This copy of My Yard is in such good condition that I first thought I has a reprint of the book but looking at the copyright, it really is a board book that has survived since the late 1970s. The little girl on the cover is probably my age!

Sean likes the book because it shows all the different things he likes to do. Each page is a photograph of children doing something in a yard including picking flowers (a Sean favorite), sliding, playing in sand, running, swinging (I think I had that dress!), splashing, gardening (another Sean favorite), running through sprinklers, playing with trucks (my favorite back in 1978) and finally swinging on a tire swing.

The book also gave Sean and me the chance to talk about what my childhood was like. I pointed the girl on the cover and told Sean that she is my age. He shook his head and said she was his age. I explained how the book was made when I was a child and so now the little girl in the book has to be all grown up too. It took a little while for the concept to sink in. Now he's taking more interest in listening to my stories of my childhood.

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