Mrs. Olsen: Caulfield, please use a bookmark instead. Caulfield: She carries around a handbag the size of a zeppelin and she's worried about the book's spine? Frazz: That is uncharacteristically selfless of her.
A libarian wiill also tell you to use a bookmark and the reason why, Caulfield.
Books are our friends, treat them well……
I’m a librarian so I’m with Mrs. Olsen on this one. I’m actually kind of surprised that Caulfield thinks proper book care is annoying, one would think he’d be in favor of it.
I am surprised that Caulfield knows what a zeppelin is. I could understand him calling it a blimp.
Not sure what her purse has to do with it. But I did know a woman who carried a regular purse inside her zeppelin-sized purse.
I’m pretty certain Caulfield knows a lot more than me, and I am probably older than dear Mrs Olsen.
… not to mention the effect of heavy backpacks on young students. If you can worry about the spines of inanimate books, can’t you also be concerned about… oh… the humanity? : )
Your book is your friend, you protect it, and it will protect you. Oh! – wait that’s a fire arm, never mind.
Many years ago I used to dog ear pages, then i noticed the corners would fall off after a year or so, converted to using a bookmark for the last 45 years. Books are our friends.
“Outside of a dog a book is man’s best friend, inside of a dog it’s too dark to read” – G. Marx
I’m not going to waste my time worrying about how I handle my current book, a used former library book hardcover novel I bought for $2. Besides, I can’t find my bookmark half the time, so I do put it face down at times.
I carry a big purse to conceal what’s inside.
My dad’s current book’s binding got totally destroyed somehow. Now it has no binding or cover whatsoever. It’s just loose pages held together with a binder clip.
School books are meant to last for several years use by several classrooms full of students. Destroying the spine this way reduces the life of the books, thus forcing the school to buy more. Of course Mrs. Olsen is concerned, and it has nothing to do with selflessness. In today’s world, she would probably have to help buy the new one.
1. I think Frazz is indeed surprised that Mrs. Olsen is showing concern for the book. Frazz may take her side against Caulfield occasionally, but he still doesn’t think very highly of her.
2. Caulfield, while an ardent reader, may nonetheless consider books as things to be consumed, not preserved. Perhaps he considers a book, once read, to be as empty and disposable as the peel of the banana that’s just been eaten.
3. Neither of the above points means that I don’t consider Mrs. Olsen to be in the right.
As a teacher, Mrs. Olson knows textbooks are valuable – and budget money to replace them hard to come by. Her back she can look after herself…
I never did like carrying a purse, when my kids were little I’d use a diaper bacg every so often, but mostly, just my pockets.
But for all that I collected bookmarks as a kid, I can never find one, so I just use a fresh tissue, or discarded clothing tag, or whatever’s at hand. Dog-earring is for marking passages in books that are of particular note or that I want to refrence/look up later.
…both the hardcovers and the paperbacks should get book marks.
@luvcmx he sound like my sis she call call a ballon a blimp this is rhight up her alley
July 31, 2013