Sunday, April 6, 2008

Book Tag

I was tagged yesterday by Louise of Home is Where The Heart Is to participate in a book tag. Louise lives in West Sussex on the South Coast of England, and has a very beautiful blog full of interesting information and wonderful pictures. I love how she has the sidebars of her blog filled with pictures, poems, cartoons, quotes, etc. It's lots of fun to browse.

Here are the rules of the book tag:
Pick up a book of at least 123 pages
Open the book to page 123.
Find the fifth sentence
Post the next three sentences
Tag five people to do the same

I love the Brooklyn Public Library, and I visit my local branch at least once a week to borrow DVDs, CDs,books and magazines. This week I found this intriguing book:

The Well Educated Mind -- A Guide To The Classical Education You Never Had
by Susan Wise Bauer .

Here is an excerpt about this book: "About The Well-Educated Mind--Have you lost the art of reading for pleasure? Are there books you know you should read but haven’t because they seem too daunting? The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer provides a welcome and encouraging antidote to the distractions of our age, electronic and otherwise. In her previous book, The Well-Trained Mind, the author provided a road map of classical education for parents wishing to homeschool their children. That book is now the premier resource for homeschoolers. In this new book, Bauer takes the same elements and techniques and adapts them for adult readers who want both enjoyment and self-improvement from the time they spend reading."

Turning to page 123, five sentences down, I found that these were the next three sentences:

A second convention marks almost all African American autobiography; entry into a world of reading and writing. When Frederick Douglass was a child, his mistress began teaching him to read. But her husband halted the lessons: "Learning will do him no good, but a great deal of harm," he told his wife sternly, "If you teach him how to read, he'll want to know how to write, and this accomplished, he'll be running away with himself."

This passage came with this footnote: Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Written by Himself (1845), chapter 6

Frederick Douglass was one of the foremost leaders of the abolitionist movement, which fought to end slavery within the United States in the decades prior to the Civil War. Isn't it wonderful that he did learn to read and write? He was a brilliant man who worked with President Abraham Lincoln to allow free blacks to join the Union Army, and after the war he campaigned for civil rights and women's suffrage. His autobiography was on the best seller list after it was published, and you can read excerpts from it here.

That was fun and educational, Louise! Thanks for asking me to participate!

Now I am going to ask the following bloggers if they'd like to join in --but only if you'd like to --no worries if you don't wish to, or don't have the time. Thanks!

Beachys Cape Cod Cupboard

Lisa's Retro Style


Days Missed on a Hammock

Counting Your Blessings



First of all, let me say thank you Pat, for you saying such lovely things about my blog. I am so pleased you were willing to take part in the book tag, and yes it is educational. The book you have chosen sounds really interesting and the three sentences, well just sum up the attitudes of some in that time in history. I never ever read fiction, I just never find the time, and also I tend to scan when I read, so I never really take everything in the first time and often have to return to previous paragraphs, infact I probably need a copy of the book to teach myself how to read properly. x

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,
Your post was very interesting. I loved it. Thank you for visitng my blog. I looked at your blog and feel like I took a little trip to New York. It was very educational. I look forward to stopping by again soon. Your little cats are sooo cute!

Michelle said...

What a fun tag! I enjoyed :)


Lisa B. said...

As always, another interesting and educational post Pat...thank you. I would love to play along and will try to accomplish this on my next post. Thanks for inviting me.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

That was an interesting post. This sounds like a book that I would very much enjoy reading.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Pat!
Great post! Sounds like a very worthwhile book. I wish I had more time to read, I guess it's all about what you MAKE time for isn't it? Have a great week.
Hugs, Sherry

Mrs. B said...

On your list of jobs you've had in your last post I know you didn't mention teaching, but I think you could have been a teacher! I learn something every time I visit your blog! This sounds like a great book.

I just posted the 6 word motto on my blog. Sorry it took me so long to do it!

And I was wondering, were you really as close to the stage at the Bo concert as it look in your pictures? It looks like you had great seats!

Deb said...

Hi Pat
Thank you for stopping by my blog and your kind comment! I've done the "book tag" too and it was fun :-} The photos of your cats on your side bar are beautiful!

Rue said...

Great post, but I've come to expect that from you :)

Have a wonderful Tuesday!!

rue :)

Counting Your Blessings said...

This sounds fun! I didn't forget, I promise. I've just been very lazy. =) I'll get it on the blog Monday! Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings... Polly