Childhood favourites (Was Oh the horror!)
hallieod at indigo.ie
hallieod at indigo.ie
Fri Feb 7 18:05:41 EST 2003
>Coming in late, but I just have to play! But how to choose only five, even
>if I count a series as one choice?
You're not late - I haven't even begun to make final decisions on
this yet! I like the idea of the honourable mentions though....
Elizabeth Enright, The Melendy family books. It was lovely reading
these to Becca (and then to Cara) and finding that I still enjoyed
them as much as I had when I was reading them myself.
Rosemary Sutcliff - _The Queen Elizabeth Story_ and _The Armourer's
House_ when I was younger, and _Eagle of the Ninth_ a little later.
TQES was one of my Great Quests to find a Lost Book (this was before
I knew of Loganberry, r.a.b.c. or the list even!), as I had no clue
that it was by Rosemary Sutcliff.
Joan Aiken - I think I had them up until _Night Birds over
Nantucket_. Becca brought home a "scary book" from school when she
was in 1st grade, which made her a bit unhappy. I told her that if
she wanted scary, I'd read her a really *good* scary book and read
her Wolves and she was hooked.
Mary Poppins. These were books that are now lost to me - I tried
reading them to the girls, and went a bit multiple-personalitied - I
could remember and feel the excitement I felt reading them as a
child, and was simultaneously quite turned off by them. Kids didn't
like them much, so we didn't bother any more.
Finn Family Moomintrolls.
Drat - that's five, and I haven't sqoozed in Winnie the Pooh, and The
Hobbit, and Swallows and Amazons, oh help! Those are all in my top
So, following Dorian's excellent example:
- A Book of Princesses (Ed. Sally something Johnson, or SJ something)
- Mrs. Pepperpot books (again, much younger)
- The Paleface Redskins, by Jacqueline Jackson (another of my Great
Lost Book Quests - finally solved by the author herself, who is a
truly generous person).
- Anne of Green Gables and the next two
- The All-of-a-Kind Family (remembered the description of the
chickpeas from the market for years. I was SO disappointed when I
first tasted chickpeas, expecting them to be spicy.)
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
- The Wizard of Earthsea (not sure when I read the other books, but I
think it was later)
- Harriet the Spy, me too (I have mentioned before here, though not
for some time, that my official name is Harriet. It was too cool for
words to have a book heroine share that unusual a name!)
- Elizabeth, Hecate, etc, etc, (couldn't begin to get it right now),
and From the Mixed-Up Files... Those were the only two E.L.
Konigsburg I discovered when I was young, though _The View from
Saturday_ has since become a favourite.
- E. Nesbit - I especially loved The Railway Children
- Noel Streatfield
That's more than enough to be going on, though I know there are more.
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