QotD: Books From My Childhood

What books did you love as a child?
Submitted by hearts

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.
Books, books, books

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.

I read, re-read, and re-re-read Gypsy Folk Tales, Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books, and the Beatrice Potter’s series. I’d also happily read every fairy tale and folk tale that came my way… and I still will

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3 thoughts on “QotD: Books From My Childhood

  • December 11, 2006 at 10:29 am

    I really want to read the Oz books. I’m reading Wicked right now and it really makes me want to delve into the Baum books!

  • December 12, 2006 at 7:41 am

    I can’t believe I forgot to mention B. Potter books in my short list. I have super memories of my parents reading these to me.

  • December 12, 2006 at 1:07 pm

    angelanoel – Baum is the bomb!  I read Wicked when it first came out and it inspired me to go back to the Oz books.  He really had a fascinating take on the world.

    stampgeek – tee hee, but I forgot some too… June‘s post reminded me of the Wind in the Willows and AA Milne‘s When We
    Were Very Young
    and Now We Are Six.  Dad gave me a couple of Now We Are Six when I turned six… and I bought one for my god-daughter for when she turned six.  I never gave it to her cuz I suck as a god parent.  But I did buy it and I think it’s still around here somewhere.


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