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Children's Literature Favorites and Discussion

This is a place to discuss favorite literature for children, and also any attempts you're making at writing for children.

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Comment by wiffledust on May 15, 2010 at 11:16pm
isn't he just the greatest, elle? what a great story! yeah you have to read it first and get that cry overwith. esp if you break out into what oprah calls "the ugly cry". you can scare the kiddies with that! LOL! i had a shel book sitting around here and now i've misplaced it in my big load of goodies. i wanted to pull it out for this discussion!
Comment by Elle MacNeil on May 15, 2010 at 11:12pm
Oh, shel silverstein story - the first year I worked as a teacher's assistant, I had the class alone while the teacher ate lunch and that was story time. The teacher always picked out the book and one day she left me, someone who'd never heard of shel, The Giving Tree. I started reading it and couldn't finish!!! The darn thing made me cry like a baby and taught me I had to know a book before I read it to a group of kids!!
Comment by wiffledust on May 15, 2010 at 8:08pm
i'm a HUGE mrs. piggle wiggle fan. and dr. seuss. this is stuff i still read. and shel silverstein. oh how wonderful is that stuff??
Comment by wiffledust on May 15, 2010 at 9:37am
POOH!!!! I love "Now We Are Six" and all the poems so much. I read them all the time!!!
Comment by Elle MacNeil on May 15, 2010 at 8:41am
How could I forget Pooh?!? We have a copy of a Pooh book in Yiddish and one in Latin! I must find my other copies to read to the boys. Love those stories and poems - ahhhh, the days of innocence...
Comment by Elle MacNeil on May 14, 2010 at 3:21pm
If you liked the James/Peach book, I think you'd like The Indian in the Cupboard. When I was a teacher's assistant (this class was middle school aged special ed) , one of the things I got to do was read a chapter or two to the kids every day. They LOVED this book! (Even the girls, though it was about a boy and how his toys came to life!)

Can you believe I've never read The Secret Garden??? Not sure why.

How about Black Beauty? I remember being appalled after reading that one! I can still picture the "dead horse" scene. ::shudder::
Comment by wiffledust on May 14, 2010 at 2:56pm
we're kids at heart!!! also alot of them are better written or better tales. i suspect better tales. "the secret garden" is an all-time fave of mine, and i think it works well for boys as well as girls. but i know for a fact there are not enough readers for boys out there. and i wonder if boys falling behind in reading has something to do with this. it was good when harry potter came along. but slightly easier and good would be welcome. ....hardy boys are good! so is james and the giant peach! i love the little house books too.
Comment by Elle MacNeil on May 14, 2010 at 10:17am
I'm gong to have to start a list - all three sound good, Lisa and Rick!

Lisa, since the older of the boys is only just-turned-four it's not been difficult to find books for them. As they get older, I know I'll see that they read The Indian in the Cupboard (Lynn Reid Banks) and James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl), both very fanciful books; both really well written and fun. And the Hardy Boys - even I read them as a kid, back in my Nancy Drew stage.

And don't feel bad, Lisa! There is just something so appealing about children's books. Not sure if it's because of the nostalgia or because we're just kids at heart...
Comment by wiffledust on May 14, 2010 at 10:00am
Have you guys read "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler"? Oh I think that is one of my faves. It's about the little girl who gets locked up in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the night...? LOVE IT!
Comment by Rick Reiley on May 14, 2010 at 9:51am
...somewhere in the mix I also enjoyed Miss Pickerel Goes to Mars.....and
The Star Spangled Rooster about a boy and his rooster during Revolutionary War times......
 

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