I Opened a Book by Julia Donaldson
“I opened a book and in I strode.
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.
I’m wearing the cloak,
I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought the dragon, dined with a King
And lived in a bottomless ocean.
I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.
I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.”
The previous poem “I Opened a Book” by Julia Donaldson captures the joys and delights of reading.
A friend and I were talking about reading the book “Alice in Wonderland.” Although it had been at least fifteen years since I had read it and longer than that for my friend, we both were struck by the story. Despite the years since we had read the book, it remained memorable to both of us.
Take a moment to think back to a book that you have read that captured your imagination. How long has it been since you read it? Was it fiction? Non-fiction? Do you read lots of books or once in awhile?
I have many favorite books by many favorite authors. Some books I have read multiple times. Some only once. Many are fiction. But I enjoy non-fiction books about adventure, travel and certain historic time periods.
Do you prefer cozy murder mysteries? Maybe you enjoy fantastic adventures with hobbits, dwarves and elves? Reading about robots and all other future possibilities found in Science Fiction. Do romances make your heart go pitter-pat? Or is it horrific monsters, ghosts and terrifying tales? You may prefer Historic novels about people and places from the past. Whatever types of book you like to read, be sure to make time for reading.
There are some serious benefits of reading for pleasure:
- Stress management by increasing enjoyment and relaxation.
- Good for your brain and cognitive development.
- Improves concentration.
- Enhances vocabulary.
- Increases reading and writing skills.
- and, improves memory.
I hope that you have time today to read something you like, at least for a little while. Enjoy a creative escape.