The first book I read was Tom Sawyer. Mrs. Teter started to read the book to us and after a few pages she stopped. I ask her when she was going to read some more of Tom Sawyer? she said she didn't have time and here is the book, you read it. I said I can't read a big book like that and she told me that she would help me with the words if I needed help.
I was in the third grade and it was the beginning of the school year.
I read the book and started on a voyage of reading and I have never stopped.
I remember the scene shown here. Aunt Polly told Tom he had too white wash the fence soon Tom had the neighbor boys paying him for the privilege of doing Tom's work.
I have spent many happy hours lost between the covers of this book.