Gather round, children...
Today we tell a make-believe story about the person who collected books. She collected thousands and thousands and loved them all equally - or so she believed.
Then her worst nightmare struck! One day her house caught alight in a fiery blaze and she had to rescue her cats from the house so only had the room in her arms to take one book from the blaze. Just one. Which would it be?
Okay, I have actually brought myself out in a cold sweat at the idea of a fire burning my beloved collection of books!
I thought about this horrible, horrible situation just the other day and I wondered which of my books I would rescue above all others.
Here it is:
The silver stallion is the most special of all! A silver brumby is special, but he will be hunted by man and horse alike, and must be stronger than both. Thowra, the magnificent silver stallion, is king of the brumbies. But he must defend his herd from the mighty horse, The Brolga, in the most savage of struggles. That is not the only danger. Thowra needs all his speed and cunning to save his herd from capture by man. In a desperate chase through the mountains, it seems there is no longer anywhere for him to run to!
I am not embarrassed of my choice. I was given this book by my parents when I was seven years old and have read it pretty much every year since then. The cover is worn and the pages are yellowed and dog-eared. It is beloved and gives me nostalgia about the wonderful childhood I experienced. Pretty much all of my other books can be easily replaced with a stint online or a browse through my local bookstore - but that book is irreplaceable in my heart.
Please tell me yours! Children's books, favourite books, embarrassing books - which is the one book you'd save above all others?