My mom read me a lot of stories when I was younger, like Snow White and Pinocchio. Soemtimes I would read ahead of her because I was being all impatient and what not. I actually liked the stories they gave us in hebrew school enough that i read the whole book. Yes, even when I wasn't observant i loved reading religious stories. Those were some of my favourites.
2. What books from your childhood would you like to share with [your] children?
chronicles of narnia, connecticut yankee in king arthur's court, three musketeers.....
3. Have you re-read any of those childhood stories and been surprised by anything?
Reread Alice in Wonderland. Seriously.
4. How old were you when you first learned to read?
Young. My mom said I used to lay in the hallway, where the light was always on, and read quietly so as not to disturb anyone. Other kids my age, she said, would yell and make noise but I was apparently very sensitive about other's feelings. Some things just don't ever change I guess.
5. Do you remember the first 'grown-up' book you read? How old were you?
My parents both encouraged me to read older books as it were from when I was young. Also, my father had a gargantuan library of books. Yet another thing I don't like about the yeshivish mentality - no good literature. What a load of crap. I'm sorry, I'm just in a rubbish mood right now and fed up with this whole culture is bad stuff. Thank G-d I know where I stand in terms of observance and that there are lots of observant jews like me who also appreciate plays, movies, television, and literature.
The only thing I like about Monsey is a few families that are very kind to me, and take me in like a son.