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In 1991, I was working in a law office in Santa Barbara.  My father called me at work one day.

He said, “I had to read this to you over and over and over again.  This is the last time I’m going to read this to you.  ‘I will not eat it I would not, could not, in a box. I could not, would not, with a fox. I will not eat them with a mouse I will not eat them in a house. I will not eat them here or there. I will not eat them anywhere. I do not like them, Sam-I-am.'”

“Uh, okay,” I responded.

He laughed, and informed me that in the San Francisco Chronicle, a columnist had paid homage to the passing of Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss. He recalled the numerous times I had insisted that he read Dr. Seuss to me.

My father knew how to read to a child – very dramatic, funny, acting out all of the parts.

(The Screen Actors Guild has a wonderful website – – where actors read children books.)

If there is someone in your family who was the “reader” or storyteller, a video of him or her reading a children’s book would be an endearing legacy.

Was there a particular book that you loved to have read to you when you were little?  If you don’t remember, ask your parents or grandparents.  If you were a repeat book or story requester, it will have undoubtedly stuck in their minds.

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