Tonight we are doing theme posts. The theme is to close your eyes before a book case and pull down one book and write about it (no matter what it is!).
I tried this afternoon but my grandson Elijah asked me what I was doing (and why I had my eyes closed). When I told him, he handed me a book. That is fine with me.
The book he handed me is The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.
They really do not do this anymore but, in the seventies, when my kids were little, they would order from Scholastic Books and one of the ways the company attempted to reach out and make young children readers was to offer novelizations of popular movies.
So my kids had The Strongest Man In The World, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, and countless other books based on Disney films starring Kurt Russell.
Back then, a movie did not open everywhere on the same day. If it had, I doubt my boys would have been so excited about Sinbad and Voyage of the Seven Seas or whatever that awful film was called. Now I could have driven into N.Y.C. because that is where we started our family and we had only moved to Connecticut but I was not going to drive into N.Y.C. so my kids could see a movie early. Wait until it hit the four-screen theater at our local strip mall.
And, shocker, we did not have DVDs or videotpaes of films for our kids to watch.
All you had of a film was maybe a soundtrack album, maybe a novelization of it.
Elijah recently discovered he loved monkeys. I read him Curious George and he watched the cartoon but was lukewarm until last April when we went to the zoo. He did not want to see the snakes (which were all he talked about on the way there) once he saw the monkeys. He did not want to see anything else. He did not want to go anywhere else. He just wanted to watch the monkeys and, yes, talk to them in his attempt at monkey language (which was actually rather good). If he had his way, he would have his own pet monkey.
I did get him a stuffed one. And I thought to pull down the VHS of The Barefoot Executive which is a Disney film starring Kurt Russell and a monkey. We weatched that over and over for three days straight. I knew all of Mr. Russell's lines. He was looking at the videocasettes (which he likes because they are physically bigger than the DVDs) and recognized Kurt Russell on other covers. This allowed us to move over to other films. And not a moment too soon.
And then I remembered the books and I pulled them down from the attic.
So when he found me standing before a bookcase today with my eyes closed attempting to select a book, he knew the one he wanted his granny to pick.
Why The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes? Because everytime I read it to him, he cracks up. He says "tennis shoes!" and laughs.
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