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About Everything Sherlock

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About Anita

When I was a child I was an avid reader.  I still am.  My parents were immigrants and spoke little English and so it was very important to my mother that her first born child  (that was me!) be able to read and write English before starting school.

We had little to no money and so I had a teddy bear and my sister had a doll and we shared those toys together.  Any extra money went to books.

However, my mother did not purchase story books suited to our preschool age group. She purchased the classics. Before entering Grade 1, I had read Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Kidnapped, Pride and Prejudice, everything by Charles Dickens and many others.  My mother could not read English very well herself, so she had no idea that a lot of what I was reading was probably not suitable fare for someone that young!  I am most famous for memorizing the entire dialogue of Treasure Island.  My Grade 2 teacher was so impressed that she had our class put on a play for the whole school. Naturally, I played Squire Trelawney, who had the most complex dialogue.

So it’s no surprise that I acquired books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at a very young age and devoured them all. All of them were read and then read again. Sherlock Holmes was my hero and even though I was female, I wanted to be him! I wanted everything Sherlock.  Boy, I wish I still had those books!

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Fast forward 40 to 50 years and suddenly there is a renewed interest in Sherlock Holmes. There is a block buster Hollywood movie series, a TV series featuring a female Dr. Watson and a BBC series that has only 3 episodes per series and leaves young women breathless for more.

My kids want to be him and dress like him and now they are into everything Sherlock. My son went to the local thrift shop and managed to purchase a coat similar to that worn by the BBC Sherlock character. He thinks he is pretty cool!

Our plan is to provide a one stop place for Everything Sherlock! So pull up a comfy chair, grab some tea in your Consulting Detective mug and enjoy our thoughts on Everything Sherlock!


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60 Responses to About Everything Sherlock

  1. Amberlee Cave says:

    I know so many people that are obsessed with Sherlock. I will have to let them know about this. Thank you 🙂

  2. Michele says:

    Actually even the fairy tales that we were read back when were pretty scary-so your Mom was not too far off track. I am also an avid reader–just a glance at my website will give you an indication of that! I think it is a great idea to do something with your family “Everything Sherlock”

  3. Robin Rue says:

    I think I read a few Sherlock books when I was younger, but I was definitley more of a Nancy Drew kind of girl myself.

    • anitabreeze says:

      I also read Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon when I went through my preteen ‘I want to be a female detective’ stage.

  4. Terry My Journey With Candida says:

    I never read any Sherlock Holmes Books, but there used to be movies about him many years ago that I watched. I think they may have even been in black and white. How fun that you and your family are working on this together.

  5. Sarah Bailey says:

    There is something captivating about Sherlock homes I think we all want to be a little bit of a detective (I know I do) and it draws us in.

  6. Jutta says:

    Even tho I have actually never read any Sherlock Holmes books, this one sounds pretty good and might be my first one! There is something about Sherlock Holmes that we all love, so I bet the books are great!

  7. Pepper says:

    Oh this sounds like so much fun, I love everything sherlock but haven’t read the books. I need to add them to my booklist

  8. tessii1 says:

    I love reading about Sherlock. : ) We like watching the movies made in the past years. I love mystery, so thats probably why. lol

  9. Theresa says:

    I like how this is a family project and we will get to see different perspectives from all the age groups in your family!

  10. Pam W says:

    I love the Sherlock Holmes books. I read those to my kids at a young age too!

  11. JadeLouise Designs says:

    Oh I know exactly which “movie” and TV series you are talking about because we STALK them for new episodes! We adore both. But I’m dying for the next season of the BBC sherlock to be released. I want more! lol. we really should get the books and read them with the kids.

  12. Katherine Bartlett says:

    I love Sherlock Holmes. I remember watching an old movie about him when I was a kid and just fell in love.

  13. mail4rosey says:

    I remember reading things like Winston Churchill and Shakespeare at a very young age. Reading has always, always, always been one of my most favorite things to do. 🙂

  14. PamIW says:

    I remember really being into Sherlock Holmes when we were young too. This should be pretty interesting to follow.

  15. Loretta Smith says:

    That is just too cool! We love Sherlock in our home 🙂 It’s amazing to me that when a child has a good book to read, suddenly the reading ability soars! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Veronica Solomon says:

    I love the renewed interest in Sherlock Holmes. Quite a classic! I once had a client who requested a Sherlock Holmes themed study

  17. Kung Phoo says:

    I remember playing Sherlock and Watson when we were kids.. i don’t remember who i was..

  18. Savannah-Lin Dofa says:

    That is so amazing!.. Sherlock Holmes is awesome.. I love reading.. teaching my son now to read and he loves our story times.

  19. Jim Striegel says:

    Sherlock Holmes…What a great post. A true classic.

  20. Stephanie Clopton says:

    What a great story on how you found reading and now your son is into Sherlock Holmes…classic!

  21. MeliLovesCards says:

    How wonderful to be able to bring back the fond memories of your childhood into today. Your mother did such a great thing by having you not only learn a new language, you learned it in such a special way. Good Luck on your new journey!

    • anitabreeze says:

      Thanks Meli. My mother made a lot of sacrifices for me and one of them was that she would never say no to me if I asked for a book, even if it meant she went without. I didn’t know that then of course, but I see it now.

      • MeliLovesCards says:

        It would have been so different if she had told you about her sacrifice. You obviously had a very wonderful Mom!

  22. Tori Conard says:

    What a great mother to teach you English and writing through reading classics. She created the beautiful person and strong avid reader that you became! Cheers to your mother!!!

  23. laurarike says:

    I think that is probably one of the best gifts your mom could have ever given you… the gift of love and perseverance. She knew that reading classics may be above your skill level, but she taught you to stick with it and follow through! What a great mother!

    • anitabreeze says:

      I know, it’s true isn’t it? I don’t think she realized fully what a gift this was because she didn’t understand the books herself. She just knew that somehow it would help me learn and from that time on I always read several grades ahead.

  24. Irene Saadeh says:

    Oh I love this concept. I love Sherlock myself too. And that this is going to be a family affair is so appealing. I can’t wait to read more.

    • anitabreeze says:

      It’s going to be fun, I am anxious to see what the kids come up with. They really like the TV shows so that is what they might work on. We’ll see!

  25. Daniele Holmberg says:

    What a great post about Sherlock! Thank you for sharing:) Classics are the best:)

  26. Dawn Delgatto says:

    I remember reading a Sherlock Holmes book and fell in love. Now my daughter plays Sherlock Holmes

    • anitabreeze says:

      Ha I love that, especially that she is a girl because I was the same way. I was never the damsel in distress, I wanted to be the guy who figured it all out!

  27. Jennifer Clay says:

    That is very impressive thing to accomplish at such a young age. I was reading Dr. Seuss at that age and didn’t read any of the books you mentioned until I was in high school!

    • anitabreeze says:

      Ha, I probably should have been reading Dr. Seuss, I read things that were way over my head and sometimes didn’t figure out till later.

  28. Tom Holmberg says:

    Now that you mention it…..I do see Sherlock Holms everywhere these days. I remember reading the series in High School to learn that the grad school version was very sanitized not to include moody behavior and drug use

    • anitabreeze says:

      That is correct! I had the unadulterated versions of all these books mostly just because my parents didn’t know what they were giving me. But I turned out ok anyways. 😉

  29. Dov Shapira says:

    I always loved good mystery and Sherlock Holmes is my favorite.

    • anitabreeze says:

      Yes, I have always loved mysteries the best and it’s great to explore this a little deeper now and share this character with new fans.

  30. Vicki Bezio says:

    What a great debt owe your mother for giving you such a love of reading. These are the things that make you who you are. I love your blog!

    • anitabreeze says:

      Thank you Vicki, I do owe her a lot. She always expected a lot from me and i see now that this was a good thing. I hope you visit again!

  31. Jacqueline says:

    Nicely done. Have you considered including the BBC Granada series about Sherlock Holmes. Here is a link to check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes_(1984_TV_series)

    I have watched these over and over as they are excellent shows. Jeremy Brett is the star along with Edward Hardwick & David Burke as Watson. Here is another link to a youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAcQQefQeDY (The Blue Carbunkle).

    Love Sherlock Holmes

    • Anita Breeze says:

      Excellent, I will add information on these as well! We are just getting started so tons of room for more Sherlock!

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