For those of you who grew up without Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, I must say are really missing out. If you take the time to actually read the book, it has a fun story, not to mention all of the interesting and wild kinds of cars, vehicles, people, animals and everything else that's included. But to me, all that was important was Goldbug. My brother and I grew up racing threw the book to find the elusive "Goldbug." Of course my brother was older and always seemed to win, unless my mom purposely put her thumb over Goldbug until I realized which page we were on so I could beat him to the punch.
After it was all said and done, we basically memorized every position, car, truck and pickle that Goldbug was in on each page.
Now we have introduced Goldbug to Avery. My mom knew how much fun we had with the book, so she purchased it for Avery last Christmas. The first time I cracked the binding of the new book, I wondered if I could still find Goldbug. With the turn of each page, memories rushed over me, and I found myself racing to find Goldbug. I shared the excitement with Avery, but for some reason she did not get into it like I did.
...I am now the proud mother of a daughter who can flip through the first six pages of Cars and Trucks and Things That Go and immediately find Goldbug. Let me tell you, he's not easy to find. On many pages, all you see are his eyes and antenae. And she can find him. Ah; I'm so proud.
Last night, she read "Goldbug" with her daddy, and I must say I enjoyed watching them race to find him together. Avery beat him for the most part. On the pages she has not yet memorized, if you tell her what color car he's in, she finds him soon after. (Kenny can too after a little searching.)
It's now one of her favorite things to do, and I hear her say often, "Fine Goltbug?" while dragging the large, purple book my way...."wae's Goltbug?" she says...then, "Der he is!"
So, if you're ever in our neck of the woods, drop by to see if you can find Goldbug.