Books have been the silent teachers for many of us since the wee hours of our life. They have been a friend in tough times giving advice and a ready companion in our loneliness.
Right from the rise in the popularity of the folktales to the tales of the Grimm Brothers to the Dime Novels, the first part of the 19th century saw the rise in the passion for reading in a way that only the printing press could have brought.
Children and adults alike developed the love for reading because it provided them with a means of escape into world where everything was beautiful and where character where bold and brave and taught courage.
Where books have been able to give us an escape from reality they have also taught us how to deal with reality with courage and perseverance.