The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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Henry was one of the last people I talked to at the Free Library.  When he sat down to talk with me, he spoke with clarity and recalled small details that could’ve easily been forgotten.  Later on, his sister joined us and after he spoke for a while longer she turned to him and said “how do you remember all of these things?”  
Dr. Dolittle was Henry’s introduction to literature (he was around eight years old when he discovered the stories).  He compared it to Harry Potter and told me that it was even better than J.K. Rowling’s stories because it wasn’t so high-tech and it was “purely literary.”

It was a dark, rainy day in autumn when I discovered Dr. Dolittle in the Lovett branch of the Free Library.  The old, musty books called to my adventure-fiction loving heart and the moment I picked one up, I was hooked.  

The whimsical illustrations made it unbelievably easy for me to enter the virtual space of Dr. Doolittle after reading just a couple of pages.  I wrapped my fragile arm around the book and checked Dr. Doolittle out of the library as fast as I possibly could, knowing I would be able better enjoy the story within the confines of my secluded room.

As soon as I was home, I ran into my room, shut the door behind me and opened the book to the page I left off.  My young eyes ran across the pages eagerly as I continued to read the beautiful and fantastic stories of Dr. Doolittle.  I was excited to be a part of his world--an excitement I hadn’t really felt before.  And before I knew it, my little fingers flipped to the last page.  I had devoured that book and I was already yearning for more.  

How Dr. Dolittle Changed My Life

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Henry was one of the last people I talked to at the Free Library. When he sat down to talk with me, he spoke with clarity and recalled small details that could’ve easily been forgotten. Later on, his sister joined us and after he spoke for a while longer she turned to him and said “how do you remember all of these things?”
Dr. Dolittle was Henry’s introduction to literature (he was around eight years old when he discovered the stories). He compared it to Harry Potter and told me that it was even better than J.K. Rowling’s stories because it wasn’t so high-tech and it was “purely literary.”

Decade: 1950s
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Recorded by Derya Yilmaz on May 2, 2014
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