What books did you love as a child?
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The Oz books were a big favourite – my dad read them to me. All of them. I still have most of the ones he read from. I think my favourite was The Marvelous Land of Oz which introduces Tip/Ozma & Jack Pumpkinhead But the first time I saw the movie I was 31 and I’ve never seen it in entirety.
The Chronicles of Narnia – and no, I still don’t see the christian symbolism in them. I did, however, see a celebration of diversity, acceptance and the recognition that every single being has strengths and weaknesses. If you can respect their strengths and work with them through their weaknesses, everyone has value to add to the world.
The Story Girl – a lesser known title by Lucy Maud, but about a precocious dark haired girl who lived on a hill with a big apple tree on it… I too was a precocious dark-haired girl who lived on a hill with a big apple tree orchard down in the dell.
Heidi – again a girl, a hill, this time with goats. (okay, so I had sheep… but we had goats too)
The Little House on the Prairie series – there’s a lot more practical information in these that the tv show would lead you to believe. My dad bought them for me and read them, every book, cover to cover, before giving them to me. Laura Ingles-Wilder lived a pretty fascinating and challenging life.
All the Asterix & Obelix books I could get my hands on. My favourites included all early ones where Obelix was collecting helmets; Asterix & The Olympic Games – my first encounter with fonts, they’re used to represent accents… so cool. Asteix & Cleopatra – so much excess.