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Your Favorite Children's Books

Postby tarsa_viverin » Thu Mar 07, 2002 8:15 am

Hi! :)

I was wondering what everyone's favorite children's book was. I had several.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Mercer Mayer is one of my all-time favs, very Tolkein-ish.

The Ship's Cat by Richard Adams, about a swash-buckling cat who is a pirate. It's AWESOME. Also out of print, so if you have a copy, keep it close to your heart.<

Rain Makes Applesauce don't remember the author, was another favorite. Anything with maps in it, like my Uncle Wiggly books, I loved. I would draw myself on the map and draw my house. It figures that Tolkien appeals to me. But I'm not good with geography unless I'm LOOKING at the map! :)

My baby has some of those Dr. Suess books, but he's too young to understand anything. I've checked out The Stinky Cheese Man and I really liked it a lot. Want to check out some Jan Brett books for him, too.

I've written a few children's stories, but am unpublished right now. I would love to hear what everyone else's favorites are.

OH, better not forget Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (sp?) That book used to terrify me as a kid, but I always loved it.

And Liza Lou & the Yeller-bellied Swamp, another by Mercer Mayer.

Okay, YOUR turn.
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Postby farmerj » Thu Mar 07, 2002 8:26 am

Magic Faraway Tree Series by End Blyton had a huge influence on me as a kid. Different worlds ever changing at the top of a tree in The Old Forest. I thought it was fascinating.
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Postby tarsa_viverin » Thu Mar 07, 2002 8:29 am

I've never heard of that one. I will have to look it up. :)
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Postby jeanelf » Thu Mar 07, 2002 8:32 am

When I was a child the best gift I ever had was my godfather signing me up for the "Best in Children's Bookclub." Every month from the time I was 7 till about 12 I got a new book. Some of my favorites:

The Wind in the Willows
A Wrinkle in Time
Harriet the Spy
The Island of the Blue Dolphins
A Walk Out of the World
Myths Every Child Should Know
Treasure Island
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Postby farmerj » Thu Mar 07, 2002 8:40 am

Jeanelf - Treasure Island !! What a read. R.L. Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott made great books for kids. Kidnapped and Ivanhoe to name two others.

Tarsa - Good Hunting, I read at least 3 IIRC.
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Postby tarsa_viverin » Thu Mar 07, 2002 9:22 am

I totally wasn't thinking of young reader's books,but now that you mention it, I loved A Wrinkle in Time, too.

And Superfudge and other Judy Blume books. :)
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Postby KBrandybuck » Thu Mar 07, 2002 9:39 am

East of the Son, wow. Someone else who knows that book.

The Wonderful Chair and the Tales it Told.

Kiping's the Jungle Books and Just so Stories.

Also The King of Ireland's Son by Padraig (pronounced Pawrik) Colm
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Postby Ciarnait » Thu Mar 07, 2002 11:18 am

Definitely the Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster.
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Postby jeanelf » Thu Mar 07, 2002 11:25 am

I had to add one more I enjoyed as a child:

The Little Lame Prince
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Postby Master_Gurloes » Thu Mar 07, 2002 6:45 pm

I loved 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Treasure Island' and 'The Hobbit' (obviously!) among many others.
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Postby tarsa_viverin » Thu Mar 07, 2002 7:16 pm

KBrandbuck, I still have the book on my shelf. A Christmas gift to me in 1980. :)

Everybody else, these are some interesting titles! I have a lot of "kid" reading to do. :)
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Postby LadyGreenleaf » Thu Mar 07, 2002 8:42 pm

Some of my favorites:

The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. One of the first fantasy series I ever read.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. Excellent book. I would highly recommend it to all young readers.

The Ramona books by Beverly Cleary.

The Encyclopedia Brown books by Donald Sobol.

Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch, but those are the ones I can remember off the top of my head. Will add more if they come to me. :)
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Postby Silmarill » Thu Mar 07, 2002 9:56 pm

I'm exactly the same as you Farmerj.

The Magic Faraway Tree' series of books are the ones I always think about when I think of childhood memories. They had a big influence on me. :)
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Postby berencamlost7 » Fri Mar 08, 2002 1:56 am

Yes Silmaril, I think Enid Blyton's much underrated. Magic Faraway Tree was truly magic - in every sense of the word.
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Postby beaumontfox » Fri Mar 08, 2002 2:12 am

i have to admit they were my favourite blyton books as well!!!

i also like the narnia series-but i started on the heavy stuff(LotR) when i was about 9 so i think i mustve missed some out!!!
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Postby legolas the elf » Fri Mar 08, 2002 3:33 am

The Bernstein Bears. :)

I used to LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE those book when I was a littlun. :)
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Postby Moonlight » Fri Mar 08, 2002 4:30 am

Roald Dahl: great books!

I used to love The little house on the prairy books, but nowadays when I think of them I think they're rather too sweet and innocent.
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Postby tarsa_viverin » Fri Mar 08, 2002 6:26 am

Bridge to Teribithia!!! Oh, how I cried every time I read that.

How about Of Nightingales that Weep? I had that one lying around for years before I finally got into it. Then, it broke my heart.

I also started reading mature novels when I was young. I fast-forwarded to Watership Down and Gone With the Wind and other BIG books.

I'm trying to find some good picture books, though, or young reader books so I can go back to enjoying that genre with my son. Getting cozy with Tolkien has re-awakened a real LOVE of reading that I haven't had for some time.

Right now, I'm going to look up the magic faraway tree books at the library, before I forget.
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Postby tarsa_viverin » Fri Mar 08, 2002 6:29 am

The only Blyton book our library has is Hoo Hoo the Owl

Guess I'll have to look at the bookstore!
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Postby KBrandybuck » Fri Mar 08, 2002 12:29 pm

Lady Greenleaf. My last name is Cleary (when it isn't Brandybuck) and when I was living in Oakland, you have no idea how many little girls called me thinking I was Beverly Cleary (they'd get the ## out of the phone book and she was living in Berkeley, near Oakland).

I'm not Beverly Cleary, by the way.

When I was a kid I read mostly Black Stallion, horse books, dog books, like Albert Payson Terhune.

Loved "Lassie Come Home" Can't recall the author. Oh, and "Greyfriars Bobby".
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Postby tarsa_viverin » Fri Mar 08, 2002 2:02 pm

oh my, how could I forget the Black Stallion series? I read all of those. Even the ones about the red horse on the island that looked like a big rock from the outside.

I STILL think about that island sometimes.

Thank you, Beverly Clearybuck :)
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Postby despoina » Sun Mar 10, 2002 11:44 am

My first favourite books, when I was four or five, were the "adventure" series of Enid Blyton. Nowadays rightly, censured for political incorrectness, there was no such thing in my day; so foreigners were allowed to be suspicious, and travellers, dirty. The Valley of Adventure was so exciting, to me, that I would read in bed, under the covers, with a torch. :) :)
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Postby tarsa_viverin » Mon Mar 11, 2002 10:03 am

I am so intrigued by this Enid Blyton. Wish the library had more than one book of hers!!!
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Postby Adrahil » Mon Mar 11, 2002 10:40 am

Gotta be Milne's Pooh books and Graham's Wind in the Willows. Fanatastic stuff!

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Postby ShelrondII » Mon Mar 11, 2002 10:49 am

"Follow My Leader" - About a young boy, accidently blinded when a friend throws a firecracker in his face. He learns to accept his blindness with the help of a seeing eye dog named leader.

Also, "She Wanted To Read" - A book about Mary Bethune, early black educator.
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Postby KBrandybuck » Mon Mar 11, 2002 11:37 am

Tarsa: ROTFLOL. Beverly Clearybuck. That's funny.

Just yesterday a 50ish member of my dance troup was reading the Velveteen Rabbit.

Hey, winnie the pooh is the greatest book every written.
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Postby quarkstomper » Tue Mar 12, 2002 7:46 am

He's not PC and so he's hard to find anymore, but as a kid I loved Hugh Lofting's "Doctor Doolittle" books; "The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle" was my favorite. A lot of the later books became interminable memoirs of gabby animals the Doctor meets, but "Voyage" was his best.

I also enjoyed (and still do) the stories of Sid Fleischman. One of the first "big kids" books I ever read was his "The Ghost in the Noon-Day Sun," a rolicking pirate story. (Actually the first "big kids" book I read was "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea", but then I was a weird kid). Other good Fleischman books are "By the Great Horn Spoon" and "Mr. Mysterious & Company".

Right now I'm reading "Anne of Green Gables" to my eight-year-old-daughter. It's one I never read before so we're discovering it together.
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Postby ateelah » Tue Mar 12, 2002 3:05 pm

"Treasure Island", "Kim", "Robin Hood", The King Arthur stories, everything by Arthur Conan Doyle, the edited versions of Arabian Nights, all the Black Stallion books and any other horse story I could get my hands on, all of Andersen's and Grimm's fairy tales (the unedited versions), and many more that escape me right now.
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Postby MirabellaBlack » Tue Mar 12, 2002 10:54 pm

My favourites are The Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton, Matilda and The Witches by Roald Dahl and The Narnia Series by C.S Lewis
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Postby Luthien » Wed Mar 13, 2002 7:18 am

Pinocchio, Little women, Kim, Cuore, Sandokan's books
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