Friday, August 3, 2007
Show and Tell--A Reading Collection
Kelli at There is No Place Like Home, is the host of Friday Show and Tell.
She explains it this way:"Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!
Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!"

Yay! It's Friday!
This week I'm going to share another little collection that I treasure.
I shared my small doll collection in an earlier Show and Tell.
I have a couple of other collections on the same set of shelves with the dolls.
Today I'm going to show you what I call my "reading figurines."
Most of these have been given to me by some really fine people;
some I have found myself and added to the group.
The picture above shows most of the figurines
in their spot on the shelves in my back hallway.
(Click on the pictures in this post for an enlarged view).

These little Precious Moments figurines were some the first in the collection. The one
on the left of the little lady reading to her dog was given to me by my husband.The
other one, of a teacher holding a report card, was given to me by friends of my older son when they stayed in our home on a visit to Nashville. I include it in this collection because I certainly assigned plenty of reading grades in my time as a teacher!

This beautiful piece was given to me by my husband several years ago. He said it reminded him of me. I guess he has seen me read more than one book!

These were gifts from teachers. The willow tree angel on the left was a gift from the Reading Specialist at my last school, where I was principal. The other was from some teachers at the school where I had my first administrative assignment. Both are precious to me.

This Lladro figurine was given to me by the mother of one of my students about twenty years ago. I have always loved it. It reminds me of the importance of sharing books with children when they are very young.

This little boy is one of the last added to the group. After I realized several years ago that I had a little collection going I began looking for figurines of boys reading. After all,I'm the mother of two boys and grandmother of three! All my figurines were girls. That wouldn't do at all! So, when I see one that I can afford, I add it to the collection.

This little sweetheart was another gift form Lee. He surprised me with her last Christmas. If you have read Cherish...the word! for very long you know about our sweet granddaughter, Ella. Poppy was reminded of her when he saw this little girl enjoying a book.

This cutie pie is one of my favorites. He was given to me by a wonderful couple who have been our friends for over thirty years. They have been like grandparents to our children. This little boy was a part of their own collection of treasures. A couple of
years ago they entrusted him to me. He reminds us that reading starts before children recognize letters, sounds or words. Look at him there, enjoying stacking the blocks. Later he will realize that the letters on his blocks have meaning. He will be a reader. Lucky is the child whose parents start the reading process EARLY.

There are actually a few more figurines in the collection. They are too large for the shelf and are still packed away from the trip from my office to our house when I retired last year. Someday I will find a place for them here at home and they will come out of retirement.

Thank you for stopping by to see my treasures.
There are plenty more great things to see at other places.
Be sure to go to Kelli's to get the links.


  posted at 12:05 AM  

At August 2, 2007 at 11:49 PM, Blogger jennifer said...

I love the reading collection, all so personal and special. I am an avid reader and truly think that the reason I like this collection so much is that you are a it makes it all so dear.

At August 3, 2007 at 4:58 AM, Blogger Betty said...


As one reader to another, I like your collection....Through books I go to so many places I will never see with the natural eye...

A person who will not read is no better than one who cannot read...said by someone and so true.

We were recently in the great state of TN. I have a brother in Murfreesboro and dear friends in Chattanooga, also friends in Sweetwater and Louden.

Thanks for visiting me....

At August 3, 2007 at 5:51 AM, Blogger Hootin'Anni said...

My favorite? The one your husband gave you, the reading figurine. That is awesome.

Great Show & Tell.

At August 3, 2007 at 6:53 AM, Blogger Connie said...

Gorgeous figurines and each one contains a memory.

Take care,
My show and tell is up.

At August 3, 2007 at 7:04 AM, Blogger Penless Thoughts said...

That is a lovely collection, Myrna. The love of reading is such a treasure.

At August 3, 2007 at 8:14 AM, Anonymous ellen b said...

Your reading collection is great. Blessings on you...

At August 3, 2007 at 9:19 AM, Blogger Frazzled Farm Wife said...

I love your collection of reading figurines. What a great thing to collect....reading is so very important!

At August 3, 2007 at 9:36 AM, Blogger Becky said...

So many readers! I have the Willow Tree angel that is in one of your pictures. It was given to me by a former student years and years ago. I love it. In fact, it started a new collection of Willow Tree angels for me.

A great show and tell!

At August 3, 2007 at 9:51 AM, Blogger Morning Glory said...

Oh Myrna, those are absolutely precious!! I love it that each has its own story.

At August 3, 2007 at 10:44 AM, Blogger PEA said...

Such delightful little every time I see a figurine that involves reading, I'll think of you:-) I love collections that have so many memories behind it and that were given by loved ones!! xox

At August 3, 2007 at 11:34 AM, Blogger Sharon said...

I love to read, also, so I especially loved your collection!

At August 3, 2007 at 2:34 PM, Blogger Mrs. C said...

What an amazing collection! I'm an avid book reader, but I've never thought about collecting figurines with a reading theme. The Lladro one is my favorite.

Mrs. C

At August 3, 2007 at 2:49 PM, Blogger Becky said...

Your comment to me made me laugh. I actually need to do a post on this. Someone asked me just Wed what I was doing now that I did not have to be busy getting ready for school to start... and honestly it was a realization for me that that was exactly the way I was acting ... like school was starting and I needed to work like a dog to get the house in order.

I laughed so hard when I answered him and said that I think I was acting just like I always have. This is always crunch time for me. Or has been anyway. Hmmm. Funny.

At August 3, 2007 at 3:58 PM, Anonymous Barbara H. said...

What a unique collection! I hadn't heard of anyone having a collection based on a favorite hobby or activity -- it's neat to see the different figurines from different companies all on the same theme.

At August 3, 2007 at 5:44 PM, Anonymous gina said...

I love your collection~ they are all beautiful in their own way~ but I am always partial to Precious Moments "anything"! *Ü*

Thanks for sharing with us!

At August 3, 2007 at 7:22 PM, Blogger Lynne said...

A very unique collection. I'm also an avid reader and I think your figurines are so precious.

At August 3, 2007 at 7:44 PM, Blogger Kelli said...

That is the sweetest collection, Myrna! Thank you for sharing it with us!

At August 3, 2007 at 8:03 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

Absolutely darling! What a wonderful collection, Myrna! I especially love that know and remember where each of them came from...making them even more special!

At August 4, 2007 at 12:13 AM, Blogger Lori said...

Love all your figurines. They are all so cute. I love to read also.

At August 4, 2007 at 8:32 PM, Blogger Midlife Mom said...

What a wonderful collection! I LOVE to read, always have ever since I was a little girl. Those are just adorable figures, thank you for sharing them with us. Now I will be on the look out for little readers!!! xoxox

At August 5, 2007 at 3:07 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Lovely little figurines! Each one a treasured memory! Thanks for sharing with us!

At August 7, 2007 at 9:32 PM, Blogger Ruth said...

Those are special figurines, especially since each has a great memory to go with it!! Thanks for sharing!


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