Finding Another New World Through Books

Dear Reader:

How many of you, growing up, wanted have a part in one of Jo’s skits in Little Women-like me, or dance with Winnie the Pooh, or separate the good witches from the bad ones, or ride a gentle giant lion? What a wonderful world stories give us to live in as children when reality sometimes gets too “real.”

So many of my fondest memories were spent in libraries growing up…I loved everything about them…the dusty smell, the old bookshelves, the whispers making echos and everything appear a little magical. Once a week mother would drop me off at the library so I could pick out a new book (hopefully Nancy Drew) or if not re-read one of my favorites of hers again. Those two hours I got to spend there were some of my happiest memories. The book would have to last me through the weekend…so I took my time looking through all my favorite collections.

And then one year for Christmas I, not only, got the latest book I had been waiting on for months…but a Nancy Drew book marker came with it…as part of a sales promotion. You would have thought I had won the lottery.

*It did get me thinking…if I loved book markers so much as a child…I wonder if my grandchildren would… so I have started looking around for some to order for future books in their interest areas. Here are some I have found to date!

Nancy Drew book markers for Eva Cate…Hot Wheel book markers for Jakie and sports/football markers for Rutledge and Lachlan. Oops and a Eloise book marker…for, of course, Eloise!

These days, waiting on the latest Louise Penny Detective story in the series reminds me of the long waits for another Nancy Drew mystery book. Maybe so much hasn’t changed after all? I am just coming full circle. I am just as impatient waiting at the age I am now…as I was as a nine and ten year-old!

The new book won’t appear until September 1, 2020. (September 1!!!!Good grief Charlie Brown!) Now this is ‘cruel and unusual punishment!’- to know it is ready but not available is agonizing.

The front cover of the book is, in fact, waiting on a front cover picture!

*I can draw a little red devil if that will speed things up! Pointed ears, a long tail, and a pitchfork…there, done…now let’s get this thing published! 🙂

So until tomorrow….”When I was young I admired clever people, now that I am old I admire kind people.” (who love to read!)

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*A shout-out to Chris Frazier for sending me the title picture…I love it…so whimsical…took me back down memory lane. Thanks for sharing Chris!!!! Hope you and your family are all doing well!


About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to Finding Another New World Through Books

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Whenever we hosted a book fair twice a year in the media center I always encouraged the students to buy a bookmark to go with their new book instead of the “junk” stuff they they always wanted to buy instead of books! When Mother went to Glory I found the bookmark I had cross stitched for her before I had Paul and Blake. It was tucked into her Bible which I hot …and I knew immediately that it would go to Ellie because she is named Ellison Rachel and because she reads voraciously…she read 2 nMatilda and another book when she was her for a wkd several weeks ago. As her GiGi it makes me proud …as a librarian it makes my heart smile…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I love it…finding old book markers in your parents or grandparents books or Bible…makes you stop and admire what a gift it was to get one homemade book marker- cross-stitched or laced or decorated with jewels…it makes the book, the story and the loved one who has passed on come alive again and realize some joys in life, like reading, are inter-generational and connect us in so many ways to the past and future..


      • Violet says:

        Dear Becky,

        If you or any of the readers who have been able to locate the book would reply, I would appreciate it. Could you please let me know how I go about purchasing The Train: Intuitive Dawning?

        Thank you.



  2. Patty Knight says:

    Love the bookmarks!!! Yes, I was a library lover too. Still love the smell of a book!!!

    On Sun, Jan 26, 2020 at 6:01 AM Chapel of Hope Stories wrote:

    > Becky Dingle posted: ” Dear Reader: How many of you, growing up, wanted > have a part in one of Jo’s skits in Little Women-like me, or dance with > Winnie the Pooh, or separate the good witches from the bad ones, or ride a > gentle giant lion? What a wonderful world stories gi” >


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