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A Disney Childhood: Comic Books to Sailing Ships - A Memoir Paperback – January 27, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (January 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593936826
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593936822
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,685,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like so many others have already said, this book is easy and delightful to read, written as if being told to you by a beloved aunt or friend. I loved it in particular because it is a biography, but a fascinating, heart-felt biography about the trials and triumphs of someone who had a very unique life.
Cathy Sherman Freeman got to see alot behind the scenes at Disney because her father was head of Publishings and a bit of a Disney diplomat (she travelled all around the world as a child--and as a college student, but more on that in a little bit). It really made the magic of Disney even more amazing to me, getting to know the big (and unsung) names behind all these wonderful fantasies. She isn't a perfect "Mary Sue" for whom everything always goes perfectly, but this book is a wonderful, uplifting adventure.
It doesn't stop at her childhood, but keeps right on going with sailboat races around the Pacific and the Caribbean during high school and romping across Europe alone during college.
Cathy writes really well and includes lots of little side stories and details that are just as interesting and exciting as the major life events.
It is worth buying just for the early Disney behind-the-scenes peeks, the sweetness of seeing the world through a child's eyes, seeing how others deal with tragedy, and the experience of growing up on the California coast in a iconic era.
I absolutely loved it. It is one of my favorite memoirs ever written. Sweet, earnest, and never a dull moment.
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"I was born into a fantasy world," Cathy Sherman Freeman begins her memoir A Disney Childhood; "Father was in charge of writing, editing, and publishing comic books for Walt Disney Studios. Fairy dust flew rampantly through our house a short block from the Disney studios. Wherever my imagination took me, I'd hang on for the ride."

Freeman led a charmed childhood, meeting interesting people from all over the world, traveling to many amazing places, and getting to know Disneyland inside and out. Her fairy tale ended abruptly when her father died of cancer at 45 years old. I loved the fact Freeman didn't end her story there with her father's death, but continued on with her family's near fatal boating trip and adventures throughout college and Europe. It's an interesting, all-encompassing memoir that does great justice to her life.

"What I couldn't foresee was the unexpected Foe waiting to strike," she wrote, "My life was as fated as Sleeping Beauty was fated." Freeman ended her memoir with the revelation that she had inherited her father's fatal cancer. The grim diagnosis led her to start this book. She wanted to document her childhood and her father's sense of humor and wonder. More than anything, she learned to look for humor in everything and laugh in the face of adversity.

A Disney Childhood was not at all what I expected. I anticipated a lighthearted story about growing up in Disneyland. I got that, but also a lot more. This book is poignant and touching, rejoicing in the beautiful aspects of childhood as well as delving into deep, dark parts of growing up--episodes like her father's death and the emotional turmoil it caused. I admire the way in which the author didn't blame anyone for her troubles and difficult times.
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A roller coaster ride through Disney World and beyond, introducing backstage characters you never heard of, with special attention paid to the author's family.

A compelling coming of age "Alice in Disneyland" adventure: What if Alice had been born in Wonderland, and her father, one of the creators of Wonderland, dies of an atypical cancer? What if, after leaving Wonderland, she discovers she might have inherited not only his sense of humor and creative drive, but the cancer itself?

Sherman Freeman has seen into the looking glass of her life, and come through it, weaving a tale of foolishness, courage, and resilience. She's cut her heart on the high seas, and returned to us to tell the tale.

Spoiler alert: There is s a boogeyman, and he's under the author's bed. This time.
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Cathy Sherman Freeman's A DISNEY CHILDHOOD is an engaging book and a touching one. It tells the story of a little girl who grew up in the shadow of the Disney Studios in Burbank, California. Her father was head of publications at the studio. It was a typical 50's and early 60's childhood--as I was reading I was thinking Ozzie and Harriet or Donna Reed. This is the story of an attractive family: two loving parents and 'four mostly well behaved children.' They often went to the studio which became a fun factory for them. They could go to Disneyland and have passes to go to the head of the line for rides. They traveled to Europe to publicize Disney products. It was an idyllic--until it wasn't. Little did Cathy know that her father suffered from an extremely rare form of cancer. Her father was only 40 years old when turmors in his ribs appeared. Operations were done to remove the tumors, but they would only show up again elsewhere--in his hip and then near the end in his spine--paralyzing him. What Cathy would eventually discover is that this rare cancer could be inherited and she would eventually be diagnosed as well. The story continues after her father died to her coming of age--sailing the seas with her mother and fighting anorexia--finding herself in college and in Europe and eventually marrying a good man and bringing up two great kids--all with the shadow of her own struggle facing her. While the book is titled "A Disney Childhood" you don't have to be a Disney fan to be touched and uplifted by Cathy's story. I got the book two days ago and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this very touching and loving memoir.
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