Monday’s Muse with Cinnamon and Honey

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It’s time for Monday’s Muse with Robin over at Cinnamon and Honey. This is a great weekly event where Robin encourages us to talk about something that’s inspiring us whether it’s music, a book, poetry or just something that got us thinking.

Here is what has been inspiring me this week. Does anyone remember the book The Little Engine That Could? If you have kids there’s a good chance you have the updated new fancy version of this book. But during our recent move I came across my original copy. The one that was mine as a child.

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Look at the slightly battered edges of the book. It was well loved and that makes it all the more special to me. On the inside the copyright page is in Roman Numerals. Would anyone care to translate the year for me?

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For some reason the next picture was always my favorite page of the book. If it was the smiling faces on the fruit or the milk bottles or just the description of the treats I loved it whenever we would reach this page.

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This book teaches kids (and even adults) to never give up. Always believe in yourself and you can accomplish anything. I think that’s a rather fitting thing to have these days.

Do you have an “I think I can” attitude? What is one treasure from your childhood that you have in your house? What treasures from your childhood have you shared with your children?

For more Monday’s Muse please visit Robin at Cinnamon and Honey.

18 thoughts on “Monday’s Muse with Cinnamon and Honey

  1. I need to get me some “I think I can” back! we have a copy of that book that looks exactly liked that but we got it from a friend in 1999. She sent it to me when I had my oldest son. It's here somewhere in this house. It looks EXACTLy the same so I wonder if maybe it was an anniversary edition? It looks like 1930 and 1945 to me. M is 1000, C is 100, so CM is less 100 less then 1000, L is 50 and X is 10, V is 5 so if the V comes with a I before it it's 4. Clear as mud?

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  2. SciFi dad beat the Latin teacher to the translation of the dates!I have a snoopy that you could dress up. With lots of clothes. From a baseball uniform, surgeon's wear, The Red Baron, a tux, footie pjs, and I am not sure what else. But I have it all. And the girls have it now.

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  3. I actually do have a book of fairy tales from childhood that is so worn and beat it doesn't even have the hard covers attached anymore. It's in my daughter's room. I came across it just the other day and felt that pang of nostalgia, running my hands over the pages, flipping through Little Red Riding Hood and reading about how the hunter removed her granny safe and whole from the dead wolf's insides. lol. Not exactly what I'd read my kids right now, but when they're ready. 😉

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  4. Oh, it's the “I think I can” book! I loved that one as a child! And I think it's FANTASTIC that you have the original from when you were little. That just makes it even more special! :)I have a few childhood books (wish my mom had thought to save more of them!) that I plan on sharing one day too. Such a great tradition and it really teaches children about the importance of reading.GREAT muse!

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  5. I used to read that book to my little brother – the same edition. I recognize the pictures. It's weird the things that come back to you. Anyway, I think you remembered liking that one page because of the smiling fruits. Who could resist that?

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  6. 1961, 1954. Sci Fi Dad is right. Fantastic book. I remember it fondly from my own childhood. I'd love to find a copy of it for my boys. It's just the moral of the story – such an outstanding one, especially these days.

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  7. I too have some “old” books from when I was young. I have my book from elementary school of DICK AND JANE – the one they used to teach you to read. The photos in it are hysterical. I love it though. I am trying to get an “I think I can” attitude. It is helpful to have a positive attitude.

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  8. I used to read that book to my little brother – the same edition. I recognize the pictures. It's weird the things that come back to you. Anyway, I think you remembered liking that one page because of the smiling fruits. Who could resist that?

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