•●°• When I First Saw a Book °●• The First parchment ~•°

        Books were premeating my life since an early age . They were in every corner in our small house . Most of them were belonging to my elder brother and they were given as gifts for him . These books are called in our culture the " mother books " that is because they contain all the basic , essential and important knowledge about the Arabic language Islam science and literature .                                                                                       These books were written by muslims scholars and philosopher more than a 1000 year ago in big Islamic cities and were passed from a generation to another during a long time in history . They reflect the main domain of knowledge at that phase of time and they are countless . We had some of them at our house and they were the first books that I have seen .                                                                                                                          They were in thick decorative covers made of leather and their titles were written in silver or golden calligraphy . Their papers from inside was mostly brown with decorative frames . It was some sort of enjoying art to open a book of that sort because they were written in a very difficult form  of language . I admit it was difficult for a girl in my age to assimilate them , I was only looking to them from  the outside to their luxurious covers and decoration , which were very tempting to see .                                         I started reading few sentences, paragraphs , lines of poetry even if they were ambiguous and with the help of each page margins and corners , I founded more explanation for the words . By time I get used to this form of language. Things were like opening a dimensional gate for me where I found my self living back in history .

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Comment by Rosemary :) on August 25, 2018 at 14:37

   :) @ Fizzy and @ Roman   thank you both for your wonderful  comments down  here 

Comment by Roman on August 24, 2018 at 17:48

Hi, Rosemary!

I don't remember for sure, but one of the first books for me was that book from my picture, that I've posted some time ago. It's name was "Буквар" = "Bukvar", which translates similar to an Alphabet or literally "Letterer", the book about letters.

I don't remember if I liked it. But those ancient books look interesting for me!

Thank you for sharing them!

Comment by Fizzy on August 24, 2018 at 13:06

i remembered i found one of my dad old books.. its like very old and the wording / spelling are different for recent language.  

Comment by Rosemary :) on August 20, 2018 at 12:17

  @ Mary  and @ Janeth  I enjoyed  reading  your comments  , they are so  wonderful   . I like it when people tell me about their reading experience   . Mother books  here is a collection for one author  there is about 25 chapter discussing  arab poets  , poems and  famous songs  

Comment by Janeth on August 20, 2018 at 4:54

@ Mary:  Everything you said about those books called "Beatus" was so interesting!!!  Those books are a piece of art, made by hand!!!   Those amazing pictures speak by themselves!   

Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Comment by Janeth on August 20, 2018 at 4:46

Great blog Rosemary!  I loved your description about those wonderful, exquisite books and how you got used to the words in them besides discovering your culture and heritage!

I am not able to remember the first book that I saw. But I do remember some that I read many, many times when I was a child:  Little women (mujercitas), Heart (Corazón) written by Edmondo de Amicis, Charlote's web (La telaraña de Carlota) and so forth. Nice memories!

Thanks again and greetings!

Comment by MARY on August 20, 2018 at 0:14

Btw, I can't remember the first books I saw, but I can tell you what is the first book I remember to have read... I read it like million of times 'cause i loved it and you know... when kids love something they act like drug addicts who don't know how to stop XD

This is the book:

The translation would be 'Coleta the poet', and it was about different adventures of a very 'not-common' girl called Coleta. It's written by Gloria Fuertes, who was a super popular writer of children's literature (something like the Spanish version of Dr. Seuss). Still I LOVE this book and its writer :))  

Thanks for bringing me memories back with your blog!

Comment by MARY on August 19, 2018 at 23:59

"The mother books", what a curious name :D

These books you talk about look really beautiful; like small pieces of art. They reminded me the ancient illustrated books called 'Beatus' (codex) that were made by hand by monks in hispanic countries. In my country these 'Beatus' were made in the period of the Mozarabs (Mozarabs were the name given to Iberian Christians who lived under Moorish rule in Al-Andalus) so these books also had a bit of influence of arab art in its style. 

These books are awesome pieces of illustrated art, and looked like this:

I feel dizzy just thinkin' how much work it takes to do something like this...

A very interesting blog Rosemary; thanks for sharing :)

Comment by Rosemary :) on August 19, 2018 at 16:26

   Hi Mishaikh   , your story  with reading  is full of passion I remember that you have told us here about your love of books many times  . Your mother is a smart women " May Allah  bless her " you can tell us more about this wonderful mom in a blog of your own about your reading journey  :)  Happy Eid 

Comment by Mishaikh on August 19, 2018 at 14:26

Very interesting blog about book and reading Rosemary.  This's reminded me how I learned reading (I also remember I wrote a blog on this and posted here).  I was very found of stories even I was a small boy.  I always asked my mother (May Allah has given her highest place in Heaven).  Once she said to me why I would learn reading (Urdu) of my own.  Then she taught me Urdu Alphabets (though, she was illiterate herself, knew only reciting of Quran) and starting books of Urdu learning. In this way I started reading books (stories) myself (Of course in Urdu).

Thanks Rosemary once again for putting me in sweet nostalgia. 

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