Did anyone else learn to read from the 1970’s from Mac and Tab phonics books?
The set is still around, but markedly different from the vintage version. I still have that old, unsanitized collection.
For instance, in the first book, Tab (a cat) eats his friend Mac (a rat) because Mac ate Tab’s dinner ham. Heck, he was hungry and Tab was napping, right? A few books later, in a book entitled Mac Is Safe, Tab turns himself in and the Vet cuts Tab open. Mac is saved, no worse for the wear.
The stories are illustrated. Yes, there is one page with a dead appearing Tab laid out on the operating table with a gaping hole in his belly.
(I would post a picture of it but I am not sure about the copyright.)
I let my son read these two books last night and he was sobbing until I took over and got to the part where Tab wakes up from the anesthesia.
Except, maybe not.
He woke up several times last night. This whole morning he has been obsessed over whether or not Mac and Tab are really OK after all.
These stories made a huge impression on me. Not in a negative way. I just remember the operation very vividly. I am not sure what possessed me to let my son read them, except that I was excited to show him a piece of my own childhood now that he is starting to read himself. And hey, I didn’t turn out too bad myself, did I? Well. Don’t answer that.
Note to self: Avoid kiddie horror stories before bedtime in the future.
Tune in tomorrow for the dreaded schedule-a-teacher-conference-because-of-your-son’s-behavior note…