Friday, October 19, 2012

A Craftbotic Book Club: Your Favourite Children's Book

Last week, I enjoyed having a chat about Classic literature and it was great to see how popular Jane Austen is in other countries!
I have made limited progress with Anna Karenina last week, sadly. It's not through a lack of desire to read, I've just been a bit 'under the weather' and quite literally 'snowed under' with work.  I wonder if these idioms were actually invented because of this time of year...anyway I digress!
I will move onto to our topic of discussion soon. However, I really wanted to chat about a part in Tolstoy's love brick (no longer a story due to its length). Levin, one of the protagonists finally gets his girl and for nearly three chapters Tolstoy creates what only can be deemed the perfect description of being in a 'love bubble'. It is thought that Levin's character was made to represent Tolstoy's own character, which might explain why it is so beautifully written. I put down the text and could have skipped through sunny fields, grinning like a loon afterwards - as my students would put it: "Awwww, what a cutie-pie!"
Now onto this week's book business: My favourite children's book.
Like last week, it isn't enough for me to choose just one. Childhood, after all is such a long period and boy was I a ginormous, geeky, book worm.
Here's my top three:
1. The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson is the ultimate coming of age book for any child who is frightened to try. Don't tell too many people, but I read it every now and again. Perhaps I am biased because I once played 'Plop' the owl in a primary school production. If you haven't read it - do it!
2. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr is absolutely fantastic. If you ever wanted to know what it was like for a young Jewish girl forced out of her homeland due to the rise of Nazism and a wanted father, then then this is the book for you.
3. Malory Towers by Enid Blyton, The Famous Five by Enid Blyton....pretty much all of Enid Blyton's writing played a massive part in 9 year old Rosie's life. The obsession with boarding school started at the same time - it just seemed like such fun. These stories are Englishness in a can. If you are English and haven't read them. Shame on you!
So what was your favourite children's book?
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Cocalores said...

I loved the Pink Rabbit too. My favorite was Janosch's The Old Man and the Bear. It is really depressing, though, if you re-read it when you're older. (Of course, they all die at the end. No wonder I turned out weird! ;-)

Lieke said...

I want to read the Pink Rabbit! Sound very interesting. Have you read Sarah's key? It is also set during the second world war, but you do need a large box of tissues....

Rue said...

I love how you are not able to narrow it down to one again. I actually haven't read any of these . . .yet! Having a daughter is a good excuse to pick up on all the great children's literature I missed out on as a kid.

Alyx said...

I've never read any of these! I can't wait to buy all sorts of kids books, though!


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