Sunday, January 06, 2013

Story Telling Sunday - Pick your Precious

Happy New Year to you all.
It's good to hear that so many of you had a lovely Christmas.
It was good here too.

 There has been no creativeness here over the Christmas period to share with you, so I'd wondered how to start the new blogging year. Then, when catching up on some blog reading I came across Sian's post. Today is the first Sunday of the month. Story Telling Sunday hosted by Sian From High in the Sky. This year however it is all about celebrating the little things you love. Pick Your Precious. 

When I first read Sians post nothing immediately sprang to mind. I would have to give it some thought.

Over the Christmas period I had a huge sort out. There is something to be said about a fresh start to a new year. Wardrobes thinned out. Cupboards cleaned and re-organised. Boys rooms sorted and books passed down. It was here that I came across a book that i'd given to Harry a few years back.

 I was eleven years old, it was my first year at secondary school and we were given a copy of this book to read and discuss in class. We were then put into groups and in these small groups we spent weeks writing our own book using The Hobbit as reference. I have wondered in the past what happened to the book we put together, which I recall we illustrated so beautifully.

There is no doubt that this book has seen better days......the spine is frayed and some pages are loose. It is a great reminder though of the many times the pages were turned and turned again and the weeks I carried it around in my school bag.

All these years later the book is now a film yet I have no desire to watch it. Have any of you see it?

There are many more precious stories to read over at From High in the Sky.
Thank you for stopping by.

30 comments:

  1. I still haven't read it… You just reminded me I should! Have a great new year. Cheers from Bordeaux, France

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  2. I just love to hold an old tattered and torn book, so many tales it could tell apart from the one between the covers. Lovely story.

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  3. happy new year Louise, wish you good things for 2013

    I really must get back into scrapbooking, only did one layout last year.....how bad is that??

    angie x

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  4. A lovely story - and a great book - I love to see such well thumbed pages! I have seen the film - it's NOT the book!!! Thanks for sharing this story. J xx

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  5. Funny, I have no desire to see the film either and I discovered the book when I was about the same age as you. I loved it then and a few years later I tried Lord of the Rings and didn't get the same thrill at all. The Hobbit rules! Thanks Louise - you have persuaded me to read the book again before I go anywhere near the cinema :)

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  6. I certainly could have used a book as my inspiration for Sian's topic! I love tattered books---if they are from the family. It's like you said, it just means they were well used and loved. It would be interesting to browse through the "story book" you wrote when you were eleven. I wonder what you were thinking at that age...

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  7. Oh I love seeing a well worn book! Sign of a good read.

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  8. Stories so often stay with us and really inspire us. I can still remember stories that I wrote at a young age!

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  9. I love tattered,well loved old books as well....they always bring back such memories. I never like to see films of books I've read.....they so often ruin them!

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  10. I read the book at school too and loved it. Went to see the film over Christmas and loved that too! Can't wait to see the further two films. Thanks for sharing your story xx

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  11. What a fantastic book & how awesome that you still have your original copy. My hubby & I re-read The Hobbit out loud to each other a few weeks ago in preparation for the movie. We enjoyed the movie - they stayed fairly true to the book, however they added in scenes to help it tie in with the Lord of the Rings movies. All in all, it was good, although different from the way I had it "scripted" in my head all these years.

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  12. Great story and a lovely precious item with good memories. I did The Hobbit at secondary school and I remember having to get into groups to make a game based on the story, sadly I lost my copy. x

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  13. I was first introduced to The Hobbit in 5th grade, and have read it a couple of times since. I am a huge fan of the author, and of the movies. The current interpretation is beautiful and exciting. I recommend that you see it. :)

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  14. I too love well used books, they are usually much loved. It is a shame that they didn't give you a copy of the book you made at school. It would be lovely to look back on those beautiful illustrations you mention. Mixed reviews on the Hobbit film... Will it alter how much I enjoyed the book?

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  15. Perfect choice for the first story telling Sunday off the year!
    Alison xx

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  16. The book is worn but, apparently, well-loved. Brilliant story and a shame you don't have the one you wrote and illustrated.

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  17. Just shows what a classic it is! We got the latest publication of it for my son for his birthday this year, wouldn't it be fantastic if you still had the book you made! We went and saw the movie a couple of weeks ago and we all really enjoyed it, obviously very similar to all the Lord of The Rings films so if you enjoyed those you should enjoy this one too :)

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  18. I loved the Hobbit when I read it a million years ago, but also have no desire to see the movie.

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  19. Not watched it yet....but I have a small person who just read it and loved it and now has started the Lord of the Rings! I think there is something about school and books there are many a 'classic' book that school put me off (The Pearl and Animal Farm spring to mind), but some of the traditional school texts that I was not made to read at school and have subsequently read I love! Apologies to all the English teachers out there it's just how it was for me!!

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  20. I haven't yet seen it - in two minds, as I can;t quite see how a one volume book stretches to three films! But I love the weathered and used look of your printed copy: so much closer to the original than any film will ever be :). I am hoping that book you all made is safely on a shelf in a school library somewhere ...

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  21. I loved hearing about the book you uncovered. I have never read The Hobbit and don't have plans to see the movie, although my son and daughter will be going for certain.

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  22. I haven't seen it but my boys have & want us to purchase the DVD when it comes out so may be I'll watch it then x
    Many thanks for sharing.

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  23. I haven't seen the movie but my boys have & enjoyed so much they want to purchase it. On DVD when it comes out. so I will probably watch it then. Many thanks for sharing x

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  24. I love The Hobbit and The LOTR trilogy. I haven't seen the movie yet but I will, however I won't be comparing it to the book as there is NO comparison (in my opinion). The book is always the best and can never be beaten by a movie! So I will go and enjoy the movie as a bit of entertainment and in my head I won't call it The Hobbit :-) That was how I managed to watch The LOTR movies without being HUGELY disappointed. My boys have both just finished re-reading it in anticipation of going to the movie - they like to find the differences LOL

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  25. I was looking through my old things myself at my parents over the break :) I have never read The Hobbit but want my 11 yr. old son to do so before watching the movie.

    Best wishes for 2013!

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  26. I have a few precious books of mine and some that I saved which I read to the kids when they were little. What a great subject for your story this month.
    Rinda

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  27. Awww, lovely to see a book so loved and treasured. Don't blame you not wanting to see the movie....they never do the book justice and we sit and spot the things they have not included don't we. I hope you and your family have many more years of enjoyment out of your book.

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  28. Ah yes tis wonderful seeing books loved and therefore showing the appreciation.

    Good choice of book too :)

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  29. I have a confession to make, I have never read that book, I must do so this year!

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  30. This is what my copies of the Narnia chronicles look like! I didn't read the hobbit until I was at Uni and the Lord of the Rings films were coming out (I read the Lord of the Rings too). I liked the books but I got frustrated with the lack of female characters!

    It's strange but I also have no desire to see the hobbit film, despite the fact that I LOVED the LOTR films. I find Martin Freeman a bit annoying for one thing. Plus I'm annoyed they've stretched it out to 3 films. But I'm sure I'll watch it eventually! x

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