An Early Favorite

What is the first book you remember loving? For me, it was a Golden Book that was read to me when I was very young — probably under 3 years old. My mother may have read it to me but the voice I remember is that of my paternal grandfather. I made him read it over and over again and I memorized it early on. So when he would read it and try to skip pages (and who could blame him — I’m sure it wasn’t that entrancing to an adult), I would correct him. Did I mention that I was an early talker? The story was about Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, and a villain named Peg-Leg Pete (who was a pirate) who attempted to steal a treasure chest full of jewels from the ship they were on.

When I got older, I searched desperately for a copy of that book. I used to go to a lot of antiquarian book shows and haunt second-hand bookstores and I’d ask everywhere for the Peg-Leg Pete book. Nobody had it. Nobody had even heard of it, until I finally met a dealer who not only sold a lot of old Golden Books, she actually knew what was in them. Somewhat dryly, she informed me that I’d probably have more success if I asked for the correct title. Turns out it wasn’t called Peg-Leg Pete. It was called Pluto Pup Goes to Sea.




  1. Awww, the Golden Books. I remember a bunch of those being passed down to me when I was little. Such fun books. I wish my older siblings took better care of them b/c by the time they got to me they were all yucky.

    Oh well!

    I hope you’re having tons of fun with this read-a-thon adventure!!!
    HAPPY readings and GO TEAM WORDSWORTH!!!
    *shakes pom poms*


  2. Don’t let those eyes droop
    head out on the stoop
    get some fresh air
    before heading back to that chair
    pick up your book
    take another look
    read, read, read


  3. Luann Moeller

    My favorite book was Sugarplum. Sugarplum was a very small doll that was always getting lost or misplaced. My favorite part of the book was when she got sucked up by a vacuum cleaner and met some very interesting things in the vacuum cleaner bag. I have to tried to find this book but never had any luck.


    • You got me curious about the book, so I searched for it. Didn’t find a copy, but the author is Johanna Johnston. Apparently, it was a favorite of a lot of people. I hope you find a copy! I remember it taking me forever to locate 13th is Magic by Joan Howard, of which I had very fond memories. Found it eventually and discovered there was a sequel!


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