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Old 02-26-2018, 11:47 PM
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What Was Your Favourite Children's Book

The discussion over on the thread about Daemons, daimons, demons etc got me thinking about the books I had read as a kid, and then the books I read to, or with my kids as they grew up (the Harry Potter era.

The first books I read after The Little Golden Books were the Wizard of Oz, Tom Sawyer, Hucklebery Finn and Alice in Wonderland. Those were the only books we had, (other than those Little Golden Books) so I read, and reread and reread them. They were well bound hardcover editions, so I still have my copies.

When I was old enough to get to the local library on my own I discovered the Chronicles of Narnia, and a few other much less memorable books. Somewhere along the way I read The Jungle Book and A Wrinkle in Time and even tackled The Iliad and The Odyssey. I was desperate for anything to read. I even read most of the big King James family Bible. (Pretty stodgy going). But then there was a dry spell until I found Lord of the Rings and then science fiction like the Dune series.

I missed a lot of childrens' classics that I only discovered much later when I met my wife, as her family had been very bookish in comparison with mine.

There was a lot more children's lit when my kids were reaching reading age, and we made sure to have a book case full of all kinds of classics that I had missed, like Beatrix Potter, Peter Pan, and Anne of Green Gables as well as all the newer stuff that came out, especially Harry Potter, but also Cornelia Funke (The Thief Lord), Phillip Pullman, Susan Cooper, and Terry Pratchett.

What did you read growing up? What did your kids like to read? Do you think that what you read as a child influenced who you became as an adolescent or adult?
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:26 AM
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Re: What Was Your Favourite Children's Book

In the home, there was secret seven and famous five series.
I read them all, several times.
One of the patients ripped them all up one day.
I did like Enid Blyton.
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Old 02-27-2018, 12:36 AM
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Re: What Was Your Favourite Children's Book

Yes, Enid Blyton - I was trying to remember her name. I never read her books until my older son was about 9 or so.

There was another English writer who had a series of children's books: Arthur Ransome.
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Well "children's books" is such a broad range. So I'm going to go with the National Geographic WORLD book about Spiders. I thought I was Spiderman as a kid. Their Dinosaur book hot on its heels. I had books about space and the solar system too, let's see if I can find the title. I think it was "National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our Universe".
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I think the Arthur Mee's Encyclopedia when I was a boy, the Tintin illustrated books when the boys were small. I even grew a Captain Haddock beard



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Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink, Helen Sewell, published in 1937. Our teacher read a few pages a day to us when I was in the lower grades and since I was a good reader, when she needed to grade papers or something she let me read to the class. I've never forgotten the book and might even enjoy reading it again today.
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The CW Anderson horse books. I loved the artwork.
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When I was young it was all Pooh and tigger, loved those books. When I had my own kids I read pooh to them.
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Nancy Drew series.
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Anything to do with animals. I adored the Redwall books by Brian Jacques, The Animals of Farthing Wood, Winnie the Pooh, Watership Down. When I wasn't reading fiction I was studying the Readers' Digest Wildlife Books or any other wildlife guides that were lying round.

Did it influence who I became as an adult? I became an ecologist.
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Goosebumps and Fear Street. A lot of fairy tales also.

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I was an avid reader of Enid Blyton too..I loved and read all of her books, over and over again. I always wanted to be part of the group even though I knew it was just a story...I loved how they were always drinking lemonade on the lawn while discussing some new adventure that they were embroiled in.

I also loved Catherine Cookson and read all of her books too. Her books were about the hard lives of people living in the North East of England. She became Britain's most widely read novelist.

Years later when I lived in Hexham Northumberland I took my daughter (aged 6) to a birthday party and was thrilled to discover that the house used to belong to Catherine Cookson. It was a wonderful moment for me...I was shown around, and the house even had a ballroom, which if you read any of her books ballrooms were often mentioned when she was discussing the landed gentry.
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For fiction at an early age, the Mowgli stories from The Jungle Book. Disney completely butchered them.

And Holmes, of course. At this point, between the biographies, the minutiae and the pastiches (books, movies and television), he's probably the most famous fictional character of all time. Just when you think nobody could possibly come up with yet another variation of the great detective, a new one shows up.

Still love 'em both.
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About all the books that you mentioned above ( with some exceptions) translated of course and also many children books by Greek authors like Papadiamantis, Xenopoulos and others.
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