I bought this book in grade three at my school’s Scholastic book fair. It was the first thing I ever bought with my own money. I feel like books are such a rewarding thing to own because they provide instant gratification so easily.

I have read this book countless times. I remember taking it with me to my great aunt’s funeral, the first one I ever attended. I have vivid memories of hiding my face behind the book during times when I didn’t feel well. The book isn’t in perfect condition anymore, but I have kept it pretty well. There are indentations on the cover and pages from using it as a tracing guide, and the pages are really soft from wear.

It feels like any other book but when I hold it in my hands, it comforts me because it reminds me of all the times I have had it with me over the years.