Saturday, February 04, 2006
Sinbad and Me.....
I'd like to introduce or reintroduce you fine folks to perhaps one of the finest books ever penned. This book stirred my pre-teen imagination like none other before. I was lucky to have ordered this "juvenile mystery" in 1972, as one of my choices in the reading program known as "The Weekly Reader". If memory serves correct maybe once a month or perhaps every quarter we were given a 4 or 5 page catalog with various paperback book choices.
Old School readers were still genuinely disheartened with the "Paperback Book" rebellion. Being New School I surely didn't mind helping flame the cause. I could put this book in my back pocket and take it to the top of a tree and read away. It traveled with me everywhere I traveled.
The Weekly Reader program was well received in 1972.
I still remember the excitement of pondering the catalog and feverishly hoping that "My" picks were not to be outdone by other classmates. Making the right choice carried with it certain bragging rights which led to the hope that another student would ask to borrow my book when I was finished. Sometimes I would hold out until they foamed at the mouth, or maybe make a collateral trade until my book was safely home.
Over a year ago I began an exhaustive search for my copy. My memory and I have had some serious communication issues recently and my search was futile. Local used bookstore searches also ended in disappointment. I was desperately searching for "The" book memory from my pre-teen years.
My mother soon reminded me of the "inter-library" loan program and after visiting our local library I hit paydirt. There was one copy within the State of Oklahoma library system and my trials soon turned to gold.
By the way, if you happen to have a copy of "Sinbad and Me" by Kin Platt you have gold in your hands.
Being out of print a paperback copy sells for $70 on E-Bay. It remains a favorite of many a reader young and old. It's author had a varied career and there has been a huge call for his works to be reprinted.
ps. Good news! A revisit to the Kin Platt link above states that all of his books will see a new printing.....
Posted by Whistle Britches at 2/04/2006 09:51:00 PM