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Tresgatos  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 4450)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 7:54 AM


OK, thanks to the editor who deleted my other thread where the title was too long!

Anyway, I love children's literature and also fairytales and folktales from around the world. I had a collection of Norwegian folktales called "East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon." I remember some of the stories were scary with witches and trolls, but I enjoyed them anyway.

One of my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss books is "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins." It's written in prose.

Let's see ... I also loved "Danny and the Dinosaur" by Syd Hoff and "Ferdinand the Bull" by Munro Leaf. Then there's the "Little Bear" series of books that I loved with illustrations by Maurice Sendak.

As I got older, Scott O'Dell became one of my favorite authors, and I loved the historical novel "Johnny Tremain," written by Esther Forbes, that won the Newbery Medal. I got into reading science fiction when I was around eight or nine. Does anyone remember the "Mushroom Planet" series of books? I also loved a book called "The Forgotten Door."

OK, now it's your turn. Mainly I'm interested in what books you enjoyed from about age 4-8. But any childhood book reminiscing is welcome!

-- Geri

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5235)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 8:02 AM

I was into horror books when I was a teen, Koontz, Saul. As a chils I read the usual books, "Where the Wild Things Are", all things Suess, but I did have a favorite book called "Socks" that was about a cat.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3348)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 8:15 AM

As a little kid, I had a wonderful book called "Wee Fishy Won". It had sparkles, and I just loved the story about the Prince and Princess fish. I think I still have it somewhere about. I also loved the Five Chinese Brothers. And Alice in Wonderland.

As a pre-teen, it was all about the Anne of Green Gables series, and Cherry Ames. And then, for some inexplicable reason, I got into the Jalna series by Mazo de la Roche. I think I read them all. I don't remember a thing about them, except they had a very complex family history, and there was a family tree in the beginning of the book - and it grew as the family grew. I think mostly I loved the family tree. I had forgotten all about those books till just now.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 8:24 AM

I had some story books, but the one I'll remember forever is Lassie and the Secret of the Summer.

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 8:33 AM

I read "A Little Princess" by Frances Hodgson Burnett several times. I loved the story--and still feel that movies never managed to capture it. The Shirley Temple version seemed especially bad.
I also loved "Alice in Wonderland," "The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew," "Little Women," and "Little Men."
I read a lot of Nancy Drew books and a few Trixie Belden and Cherry Ames.
And I went through a "Jane Eyre" phase when I would finish the book, flip back to page one, and start it over again and again.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 8:37 AM

As a child, I loved the book, "Harry by the Sea" by Gene Zion. Not sure why.

My favorite books to read to my kids were "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" and "Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday" by Judith Voist. We used to laugh and laugh and laugh.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 8:44 AM

My favorite books as a child was Little Bear and Winnie the pooh

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 8:48 AM

The Magic Faraway Tree

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 9:36 AM

My favorite was At the Back of the North Wind. I've never met anyone else who's read it but it was magical.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 9:38 AM

My favorite books were always written by Enid Blyton
Especially the "Five" adventures....about youngsters
"fixing" the world - sort of like Nancy Drew etc.

Incidentally, Enid Blyton is listed as one of the world's
most profilerate writers, with over 800 books to her credit
i.e.approximately one every 6 months for 40 years!!!!

I would always get at least her latest book, on my birthday
and at Christmas - and had finished it by the end of that day!!!!

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 9:43 AM

There was a series of books called the Boxcar Children, oh how I loved reading them.
Also Nancy Drew! There was a series of books, about Cherry Ames, who was a nurse.... she was constantly in trouble, because her cheeks were so rosy, her superiors always thought she was wearing makeup...

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 9:50 AM

Smoke's post intrigued me, so I looked up "At the Back of the North Wind" and found that it is in the public domain and is available online for free at Project Gutenberg.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 10:13 AM

I think I was about 12 when I read it. It's pure fantasy, but quite Dickensian.

I have a PDF CD of it somewhere but the book itself is tough to find.

Would take a pretty unusual kid to read it now, though.

Glyders  (Level: 160.3 - Posts: 168)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 10:16 AM

Two of my favorites were "Mistress Masham's Repose" and "A Wrinkle in Time" Still love them.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.5 - Posts: 3848)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 10:28 AM

My first favorites were Golden Books. "The Little Car that Wanted a Garage," "The Little Engine that Could," and "The Littlest Angel." When I 10 or 12 (yrs), we donated all of our Golden Books to a Toys for Tots drive, and we had four or five stacks, each as tall as me. Now I buy them at yard sales and antique shops and give them to local schools, to be given to kids.

I also love the folk tale books like "East of the Sun..." and the color books "The Green Fairy Tale Book," etc, but they are sometimes hard to find. Appalachian tales like "Jack Tales" and "Up Cutshin and Down Greasy."

The complete Borrowers series.

Janice Holt Giles wrote a series of books from pre-Revolutionary to late 19th century, following one extended family from settlement to migration across America as it was developing.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 10:44 AM

Treasure Island. But poor larefamiliaris was never allowed a cutlass to chop up his cheese as a child...

Also 'Folktales and Legends' - hardback, brilliantly illustrated 40 or so stories including (from memory)'How Gilgamesh Sought Immortality', 'Brave Llya Muromets', 'Nasreddin the Joker' and 'Nguranguran the Son of The Crocodile'. (How many books can take you to ancient Sumer, through Russia and Anatolia before throwing you to the crocodiles in Africa?!) I still think it's the coolest book in the world and - rather wonderfully - my daughter is beginning to like it too!

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 11:02 AM

The 'Little House' series by Laura Ingalls Wilder were the most memorable -- I lost myself in those books which I read at least 3 times through. We had the Little Golden Books at home, but they didn't hold my interest, except The Little Red Hen.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 11:31 AM

We didn't have many books and no access to a library, in my early years, so I read McGuffy Readers, The Bobbsey Twins, The Five Little Peppers and Nancy Drew books. My mother had a couple books I read - "Freckles" and "Girl of the Limberlost," both by Gene Stratton Porter.

I have Peter Pan but I don't recall reading it. However, I must have because it is quite tattered and well-used.

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 419)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 11:32 AM

The Little House books by laura Ingalls Wilder

The Ramona Books by Beverley Cleary

Everything else by Beverly Cleary

Everything by Judy Blume

The Wizard of Oz

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 11:45 AM

Many Moons by James Thurber
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Brindge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L 'Engle
A Wind in the Door by Madeline L 'Engle
A Swiftly Tiltting Planet by Madeline L 'Engle
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Island of the blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

...and the list goes on and on, but I'll stop myself here. I tought myself to read when I was 4 and never stopped.

Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 12:06 PM

Thanks so much for such a cool thread, Tresgatos! My favorites were Winnie the Pooh, Stuart Little, and any and all Dr. Seuss books. I also loved the Mary Poppins series, and the series of SciFi stories by Elenor Cameron revolving around the Mushroom Planet. Even though the Harry Potter series is new, I love it and would have called it a favorite as a kid. I loved so many others that there are simply too many to list! To be honest, I STILL love all of these stories, and have really enjoyed thinking about them again! All the best, Emily

M48ortal  (Level: 263.5 - Posts: 3848)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 12:06 PM

I remember in about fifth grade, finding a book where a boy is shrunk somehow and travels to a central European country in a compartment on the back of a pigeon. Because of his size he is able to spy on the evil guys. It fascinated me at that age, but I've never seen it again and have no idea what the name is.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 12:08 PM

When I was a little girl I had a book I loved called "The Little Wooden Doll" by Margery Williams. I remember it came with a little wooden doll - precious book - wish I still had it. I also loved the Beatrix Potter books. Mostly I remember the books that my son and I would read together. Here are some of the favorites I remember:

"The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein
"The Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell (beautifully illustrated)
"The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" by Jon Scieszka
"Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" by Judi Barrett
"Goodnight, Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown (we used to rap it - great memories!)

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 30th Jul '09 12:16 PM

When i was about four i fell in love with Dostoyevsky. That was the name of my pillow, and it has nothing to do with this thread. I loved Enid Blyton's "Famous Five" books, and Barbara Euphan Todd's "Worzel Gummidge" series. I also liked the books my big brothers kept hidden away, but less said about that the better.

Carreau  (Level: 247.4 - Posts: 140)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:00 PM

I just finished reading James and the Giant Peach to my grandson. It had great appeal to whatever child I have left in me. My grandson gives it four stars.

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 5:12 PM

I don't remember many board books, but I loved Dr. Seuss' The Sneetches and other Stories & The Dr. Seuss Sleep Book, The Giant Jam Sandwich (about a town that plans to solve their wasp infestation by trapping the pests in a giant jam sandwich =), and a really wonderful collection (still in print! I totally recommend it) called The Golden Book of Fun and Nonsense that had all kinds of poetry - Lewis Carroll and Ogden Nash and Edward Lear - and great dark humor - "Little Willies" and cautionary tales. It was also beautifully illustrated. I still love to read it. A favorite poem: *ahem*

The rain it raineth on the just,
And also on the unjust fella.
But chiefly on the just, because
The unjust steals the justs umbrella.

Gotta love it.

When I got a little older I read all of Beverly Cleary and loved series featuring girls - The Betsy-Tacy books, Laura Ingalls Wilder, The All-of-a-Kind family books, Katie John, The Moffats (I somehow missed Anne of Green Gables until I was an adult!) and also the Great Brain books. And anything to do with magic - Roald Dahl and Edward Eager and Ruth Chew and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and later the "Witch's Sister" books. And then of course Judy Blume. Esp. Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret and Blubber.

Some individual favorites were E.L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth, Charlotte Sometimes, Eleanor Estes' The Witch Family and The Hundred Dresses, The Secret Language, Tales from Moominvalley, Thirty-One Brothers and Sisters, Harriet the Spy, The Borrowers and Missing Melinda. I checked those out from the library over & over.

Monkeynips - I'd forgotten "Jacob Have I Loved"! I remember liking it, and thinking it was different than anything I'd read before, but think some of it might have been a little over my head at the time. I should find a copy.

Fun thread Geri.

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 5:18 PM

M48mortal - have you checked out the Loganberry website?

I wouldn't be surprised if you found the book you're looking for in one of the threads. If not, and if you really want to know, you can write in.

This is a great site for anyone who loves children's books btw.

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 5:28 PM

Oh! How did I forget my favorite board book of all time?? The Children in the Jungle by Leif Krantz. It's been out of print forever and I'm always on the lookout for it. Fantastic book.

Ok. I need to go now - I could go on forever on this subject.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.5 - Posts: 3848)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 8:08 PM

Thank you, Shauna!

I went to the Loganberry site, and didn't even have to submit a "stumper," as they have a feature where I can put in key words and it shows if anyone else has searched for this book. I put in "pigeon, spy, Europe," and within 10 minutes I know the book was "The Fabulous Flight" by Robert Lawson.

I think it was meant to be. Loganberry Books is in Cleveland, and my son and his new wife are traveling there this weekend and they used to work at a different bookstore in Cleveland, so they probably know where Loganberry is.

If anyone else is looking for a specific book, check out Pafork's link above. I know I plan to bookmark it on my computer.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 8:18 PM

I read a lot, but my favorites were the comic strip style series of "The Adventures of Tintin", by Herge. Liked "The Crab with the Golden Claws the best!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 8:29 PM

The Encyclopedia Brown books
Nancy Drew Books
The Mystery of the Missing Painting by Mary Anderson
and then by about age 10 I was reading Erle Stanley Gardner and Rex Stout

Guess you can see my favorite genre...

I also loved the Chronicles of Narnia, the Little House books and anything Seuss.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3348)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 8:51 PM

Ooooh - I just remembered The Borrowers. Anyone remember them? They were tiny folk who lived the home of a regular family, and borrowed their stuff to use in their own way. Like a postage stamp became a picture on the wall. Loved the Borrowers.

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1580)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 9:26 PM

I started out with The Bobbsey Twins and Honey Bunch and Norman books. I moved on to Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames as well. I read all the Hardy boys mysteries also. I seem to recall a series of books called Landmark Books. They wrote about historic people or historic times.
I've learned so much from reading through the years. I can't imagine life without being in the middle of a good book or looking forward to starting a new one.

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5673)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 10:22 PM

I had all of the Nancy Drew books and I also read Cherry Ames and the Bobbsey Twins. Does anyone remember the books put out by Disney that featured Annette? I think there were 5 of them. I have four of them...My favorite in that series was Sierra Summer. The Pink Dress was one of my favorite books in junior high. I cannot remember the author's name though. Jean and Johnny was another one. I also read fairy tales and ghost stories.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 10:59 PM

Dr. Seuss, Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie.

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 4450)
Sat, 1st Aug '09 12:22 AM

Yay, Sploofus is back!

I just remembered The Borrowers series -- I loved that, too! And how could I forget about Winnie-the-Pooh and all of the Beatrix Potter stories, Aesop's Fables and Alice in Wonderland? There's also Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. Love that!

Shauna, thanks for the link to Loganberry Books -- what a great site! Martin, I'll have to look into Folktales and Legends, as it sounds very interesting. Donna, I'm going to download At the Back of the North Wind, as it looks wonderful for all ages. Alice, The Five Chinese Brothers sounds like an interesting retelling of a folktale -- right up my alley.

I also loved the Encyclopedia Brown books. As a pre-teen, I got into any sort of adventure story. I still love anything having to do with time and space travel, but as a kid, I think I focused mainly on reading stories that took place on the high seas. I loved Treasure Island. I don't know if the series of Horatio Hornblower books is considered children's fiction or not, but I read several of those. I also loved Sinbad the Sailor tales -- so much so that I wrote a bunch of my own to read to my younger siblings. I wish I knew what happened to those old stories. I'm sure they were silly, but we all had a great time with them.

Then there's a little book called Grizzwold by Syd Hoff. It's about a very large bear who loses his natural habitat due to human encroachment, so he has to go looking for a new home. He has many amusing adventures along the way as he tries to find a suitable place. This was my younger brother's favorite book as a boy, and I read it to him each night at bedtime for a long time. I lost track of how many times I read it.

Anyway, what a lot of terrific replies to the thread! I'm learning a lot. Thanks, everyone!
-- Geri

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 12:00 PM

Hey, Fudypatootie, as I was reading down the thread, I was thinking about how I switched from the Hardy Boys to Perry Mason by the time I was 8 or 9 (I know I was in third grade--the librarian did want a third grader taking out "adult" books) -- and then I came to your post about reading Erle Stanley Gardner at ten. So I checked your member page and saw that we both have the same Groucho quote on our profiles. I wonder what else we might have in common.

Marynuala  (Level: 141.3 - Posts: 996)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 12:26 PM

My favourite children’s book was Heidi (I felt the part where she was sleepwalking because she was homesick, very sad). Also, The Wind in the Willows, and school story books by Enid Blyton. I read all of the Sullivan twins escapades at St Clare’s boarding school series, and equally loved Mallory Towers. (I thought it was great fun having “midnight feasts” in the dormitories and their meals were always ginger beer and anchovy sandwiches”. And do you remember the young female sleuth Nancy Drew and her adventures like The Moonstone Castel Mystery and Curse of Blackmoor Manor etc. Brilliant!

Koota  (Level: 189.1 - Posts: 2120)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 12:32 PM

Oldies but goodies: "Heidi" and "The Secret Garden" were my favorites. I also read Kipling's "Kim" before I even discovered his "Just So" stories. "Kim" was a little advanced for a child, but I was a precocious reader. I got the 'arched eyebrow' look from the librarian too.

When I was *really* little, I loved a book called "Scotty Finds a Playmate". It was mostly pictures, but drawn in such a way that it made me laugh just to open the book. On a recent trip back home, I found the book in the library and got all misty eyed.

Thanks for posting this thread! There's lots of good stuff here!

Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 8:48 PM

My teachers read to us in elementary school and introduced books I've never forgotten. There were books with an orange cover, biographies of people like James Butler (Wild Bill) Hickok. I found them in the library and read them over and over.

One year our teacher read 'The Mystery at Boulder Point', I couldn't wait until the next day to see what happened next. We also called it 'Marty and the Mooncusser', my first mystery ever. Again, I found it in the library and read it several times.

The library was a godsend in my childhood, it opened my world, and later that of my children.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.2 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 9:33 PM

I've been an omnivore about reading all my life. One of my earliest memories is of my mother reading the Winnie-the-Pooh books to me every night, and me trying to figure out how the printing could possibly be decoded. When I finally got that flash of light going, it was a great smörgåsbord of bringing home a dozen books from the library and taking them back in a week or less. The Hardy Boys, Treasure Island, The Story of a Bad Boy, Heidi, Alice in Wonderland, East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Tarzan, Freckles, Little House, lots more by the time I was ten, then Gone With The Wind, Heinlein, Asimov, all the classic Science Fiction I could find. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings of course; Ayn Rand was a big influence for a while, Stephen King was major--The Stand is just monumental--I had a streak a few years ago where I bought everything by Ian McEwan way before Atonement was a movie. Thanks for starting this thread! Brought back good memories.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:11 PM

Anyone remember Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle? I loved her.

Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6802)
Sun, 2nd Aug '09 11:18 PM

The two best children stories I remember are both by James thurber. The thirteen clocks ('we all have faults and mine is being wicked' and 'I'll slit you from your guggle to your zatch')
and The Wonderful O.
Noel Streatfeild wrote some great books (The painted garden especially)
The land of Green Ginger was a fine book.
Edith Nesbit wrote some splendid stuff not just The Railway Children.

But nobody gets children in their awfulness as well as Bill Waterson in Calvin and Hobbes.

Godwit  (Level: 81.2 - Posts: 435)
Mon, 3rd Aug '09 12:35 AM

Wind in the Willows
I was crazy about all of Jack London
There was a series of comic books called I think, Classic comics. It was Shakespeare, Dickens, etc. in comic book form.
Reminds me of another series, Great Books.
I had a fabulous illustrated kid's bible I enjoyed.
Aesop's Fables
Hans Christian Anderson
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

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