I got my first animal book when I was ten. The one that you can see on the pictures below belongs to my sister. She must have gotten hers around the same age as this is the time of the First Communion in Poland. Yes, one used to receive as a gift a tiny paper extract of what is today called Wikipedia. But it did its job - so many home works that I made peeking into this book.
The bird atlas must have appeared in our house at around the same time. I was browsing through this book countless times. An amateur ornithologist (and it stayed this way).
Hugo got his first animal book with two and since few months he has practically been physically attached to it. He would love to take it to the creche with him but as I can see him pestering his teacher the answer is "no". There is also a "book test" for every person who comes to visit us. You browse through the whole atlas saying what is your favourite bacteria, plant, mushroom or animal on every page - count 300 - and only then you can be his friend.
This is how memories are being created.