by Phyllis Inabinet Huey
(Florence, South Carolina)
In grammar school, our library had a group of blue books & each one was a biography of someone very interesting....most of the time. Well, when I was young (about 7-10 yrs old), I had to write a book report on something or someone. I truly believe that teachers making me read books, then write about the book, turned me against reading. I would look through a whole lot of books....mostly trying to find a really skinny one. Anyway, for some odd reason, I picked out the biography of G.W. Carver, even though it had way too many pages for me. I still remember a good bit of it and I loved reading about him. Even though I despised reading, I loved that book! I'd like to read it again. I remember that he did so many things with peanuts and he was an amazing guy. Not dull. Interesting. I don't remember what all he did, but I sure am going to find out. I just know that he made things that no one else even thought of & it was over 50 years ago when I read it. I did many, many book reports & George Washington Carver was the best book that I had ever read. Thank God I read a good bit now. The man I ended up marrying got me to read Catcher In The Rye one day, probably because he loved to read. It was good, but I don't remember anything about it, but at least it helped me to enjoy reading, but everyone ought to read the biography of George Washington Carver. He was a very great person. I would have loved to meet him.
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