I've always loved to read, and have kept the local library busy throughout my life. When I was twelve or so, I was at the library digging through books and trying to find a book I hadn't read before. I pulled out a book that I thought had an especially dopey cover, but sounded interesting.
I was surprised how quickly I was pulled into the story, and it was a book that made me laugh a few times, and in the end, was one of the only books that made me cry when I was a kid.
For years I tried to find this book again. The problem I came up against was that my memory had changed the book. I was remembering it was about a boy who was trying to save the Thanksgiving turkey. In reality, it was about a boy trying to save the Thanksgiving goose. One of my psychology students helped me figure this out recently when we were chatting during a break (not sure how we got on the subject!), and I ordered the book.
It was still a book I loved reading. I plan to read it to the boys in a couple of years. I know this book will make them laugh, too. It has some really great moral messages, too, about kindness for others and the importance of family bonds and hard work.
Readers, was there a book as a child that made you laugh and cry?