” To see a world
in a grain of sand,
and heaven in a wild flower,
to hold infinity
in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour. ”
= William Blake =
Nature with all the things we can find in it, including the sunset, is no doubt one of my biggest passions. However, not until I started blogging that my mind wondered about how I can be so passionate about the Nature. When did it all start? Later on, I realized that even though the urge to take pictures of nature and sunset didn’t start until 2005, my passion for the nature has developed for years.
It all started when I was a child.
Reading is one of my greatest inspirations. I am grateful, of course, to have the guidance of my parents. They introduced both my sister and I to reading books before we both knew how to read. Both of my parents are avid readers – most especially my dad because as a radiologist, he has to read a lot of books. He even read books from different personal believes than his own!
I read a lot as a kid and the one that first introduced me with the nature is:
The “Tini” series.
It is a children story book written by a Belgian author Gilbert Delahaye (March 19, 1923 – 1997) with illustration by Marcel Marlier. The first book was published in French back in 1954, followed by more than 50 other books of the series. The story was about a little girl named Tini and how she spent her childhood by living it surrounded by family, friends, pets and the nature.
The book has been translated into many languages. Therefore, the name of the main character varies – depends on the version. It is ‘Martine’ in French, ‘Debbie’ in English, ‘Martita’ in Spanish, ‘Martynka’ in Polish and ‘Tini’ in Indonesian. Out of more than 50 titles, only 22 of them were translated and published in Indonesian which is to me, however, is not enough because it is a very good reading for a little girl.
In my honest opinion, there is nothing more inspiring to a child than reading good books. The stories of these series set an amazing example of how a healthy childhood should be – happy and grateful for the surroundings; be it the people, the animals, the things or the nature. It is also incredibly illustrated with great images which helped a child’s imagination to grow – allowing the stories to play inside the mind long after the books were closed.
My own experience reading the books was a bliss. I remember dreaming about playing in the wood, at the beach and near the river after reading them – which were some things I ended up doing in the real life, thank goodness! One thing I like the most about these books is how the stories included the curiosity of a child about her surroundings, nature included, in a very exciting way. Therefore, to me, Tini is one of my heroes.
How about you?
What book did you like reading as a child and why?
Pictures of the books were copied from the net.