1. I just gotta complain about Blogger for a second. It seriously took me like 5 minutes to sign in. Just ludicrous.
...Now, onto the blissful nostalgia...
Scholastic Book Orders.
I remember those things (albeit not all that well...but I do remember how I looked forward to them). Some parents bribe their kids with candy, or with money...mine bribed me with books. I was allowed to order an extra book if I did well in school. Of course there was always a limit to how many books I could get, so I remember going through each page scanning for books and debating on which ones I wanted more, and which ones I could do without. I even want to say that adding up the cost for all the books was one of my earliest math lessons from my dad.
[aside] I remember one of my earlier reading lessons and I was stuck on the word "Farm" and dad could tell I was having problems with it so he pointed to my arm and said "what's this." "my arm" "what sounds does F make?" "fuh" "put it together." "fuh-arm. FARM!" That was either in kindergarten or right before.[/aside]
I also remember the feel of the ultra thin, rips easier than you could ever imagine paper. That stuff was like double thick tissue paper. And boy was it brightly colored. I remember getting books from the "Goosebumps" series...and also possibly those "Scary Stories" books. I think my favorite book was a book of riddles (I was obsessed with Encyclopedia Brown at the peak of the Scholastic Days, and so I liked trying to solve riddles and problems). I don't remember much from the riddles book, but there were a few gems like "What question can you never answer 'yes' to and be telling the truth?" I think my answer was "Are you dead?" But of course, the book's answer was "Are you asleep?" (psh, I think mine is better...some people talk in their sleep...most people don't talk when they're dead...and if they do, it's the zompocalypse, so you better be on your way anyhow.) Or, What gets wetter the more it dries? A towel! oh, and I remember how proud I was of getting that one without having to look at the answer. In any case, they were all very similar to the riddles for kids found on this website.
However, the book did not have the following: "Which month is worst for trees?"