Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sharing Trixie Belden with 3 Generations

What do Crabapple Farm, William, and allowance money have in common?

The Trixie Belden children's mystery series and my family.

William and I have been enjoying Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Mansion together.  That boy loves mysteries just like his mama did when she was a child!

I'm happy to report that I like re-reading Trixie much better than re-reading Nancy Drew.  It could be because I'm reading with Will.  Or because the Belden family has a boy, boy, girl, boy (just like us!).  Or because Trixie speaks respectfully to her mom, does her chores, and plays with her little brother; all while trying to solve a mystery.

On a recent phone call with my mom Will and I told her about reading the Trixie book together.  I inherited the books from my mom but didn't know much about their origin.  It was fun to hear that she would save her allowance and buy each new book for less than $2.

I currently have books 1-9 that were published between 1954-1964.  I value these books today not only for their fun stories but because my mom read them as a girl, I read them as a girl, and one day Ellie will read them (though for now, Will is reading them).

What a fun legacy for 3 generations of girls to share!

Have your received any books your parents read as children?

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stephanie@{Olive Tree} said...

I've not read any Trixie Belden, but I need to search some of those out for N1. She is all about (age appropriate) detective stories right now. : ) My mom had the entire Nancy Drew series growing up but sold them all except for one of them, which I have. I had to rebuild my series, but I now have all of it to pass on to my girls.

Amy said...

I never read Trixie Belden, either! Sounds very good! How special to have those books--and to be able to enjoy them and pass them on with their history! Happy Reading!

Carrie said...

=D WELL! I'm glad that there is a series you are enjoying a re-read of! =D I can see how you would just like these books from a family history perspective alone. That's really cool.

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

I have never heard of Trixie Belden. That is so cool that your mom read these books and you are passing them on to your children now. How fun!

Edi said...

I also read the Trixie books...one or two of them used to belong to my mom. Whenever I come across more of the books I have purchased them for my dd... Unlike myself, my dd has not liked the Nancy Drew or Hardy Boy books - so I recently got rid of them.

I have some books that belonged to my mom and also my grandmother before her :) and one book that my grandfather had. Books with a "history" are so much more enjoyable.

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