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RevGal’s Friday Five: Kiddie Lit Edition

It’s a Children’s Literature Friday Five, Pals, in honor of the opening today of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

1) Earliest book you remember (read to you or by you)–I think it’s probably The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings, a gift from my darling godmother, Maggie. My older cousin remembers that I would sit with a book all the time, “reading” to myself, and this was one of my favorites. The theme of the book is that being your true self is what really matters in life.

2) Picture Book you would like to climb into–Then it would have been Curious George Rides a Bike. I wanted to go with him when he delivered the newspapers and folded them into boats and sent them down the stream. We folded a lot of newspapers into hats and boats after I borrowed that one from the library!!

3) Favorite series of books (then or now)–That’s a close one, so I’ll name two. I had equal love for the Little House books and The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve re-read them both numerous times as an adult, both with and without my children.

When we were first getting serious, Pure Luck wanted to read The Hobbit to me, and eventually The Lord of the Rings, too. I love those very much now, too.
And of course we are all quite fond of Harry Potter, the inspiration for this meme.

4) Character you would most like to meet–I think Aslan. Maybe he could explain a few things. Except that he’s not a tame lion, so he might not bother.

5) Last childhood book you re-read (for yourself or to someone)–In the re-read category it would be C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle, which is still underway as part of our read-aloud of the Narnia books (my series to share with Pure Luck, who never read them as a child). We had it with us on a car trip and someone who shall remain nameless slipped it into a pocket on the back of the passenger seat, where someone else (me) didn’t find it again for a long, long time. I don’t have as much voice these days for reading aloud, but I’m hoping we’ll finish it this winter.

12 thoughts on “RevGal’s Friday Five: Kiddie Lit Edition”

  1. I’m curious-when you read the Little House books now, does the blatant racism bother you? I know it was a different era and all that, but when I read them aloud to Sk8tr Boy, I found myself editing out parts that I didn’t want to expose him to.

  2. I took as an opportunity to talk about how people sometimes fear what they don’t know. The Princess (the only child who read them all) took the attitude that the whole thing was quaint and old-fashioned and that just as they said “Ma” and “Pa,” their ideas about other things were weird, too. Not crying, for instance–too us, that is unthinkable!! So it’s a picture of a world that was, not a world as we would have it.
    #1 Son, if you’re reading this, you read some of the early books, right? Do you remember the stuff about the family’s interaction with Native Americans?

  3. (1) I’m not sure – it might’ve been one of the Little Bear books.
    (2) Oh, I loved the Curious George books. I hope that the film version does right by the source material. As for my own favorite picture book, I guess I would go with Where the Wild Things Are (does that count?).
    (3) Oh, wow, let’s see. I have several favorites: Anne of Green Gables, the Bobbsey Twins, Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Little Women (along with Little Men and Jo’s Boys, yaknow), Betsy and Tacy, Wizard of Oz etc. And, of course, Harry Potter.
    My father had a hard time getting me to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings at first (I was at that stage where I didn’t want to read what my father had recommended so I resisted for a couple of years – and then fell in love with them, naturally).
    I think I’ve read all but the last two books from the Little House series. It’s been quite a while since I read them so I’ve forgotten some of the particulars. I remember being quite excited at the mention of Osages in Little House on the Prairie. And that Pa knew they spoke French (that would be because of their close interaction with the French traders and missionaries). And I remember my father telling me that not everyone in that era called their parents Ma and Pa because, if they had, more people would be doing so today.
    (4) Oooh, I dunno. Either Jo March or Anne Shirley?
    (5) A Wrinkle in Time (the film version was a huge disappointment.)

  4. There’s a film version of a Wrinkle in Time? (shudder)
    C LOVES Curious George Rides a Bike. In fact that was one of the first books she checked out with her brand-new library card! We have some newspaper boats in our family room as we speak.

  5. I love so many of those books. I can’t wait to read the Narnia series (or Little House, Judy Blume, EB White Collection, etc) with my girls.
    And HP, of course.
    Corduroy–makes me cry every time.
    Guess How Much I love you–same thing.

  6. 1. Earliest book: Goodnight Moon. It was the first book I could recite by memory, and the first book I bought for my first child.
    2. Picture book to climb into: Babar. I wanted to meet all those talking, clothes-wearing elephants.
    3. Favorite series: I shared your love for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books … had them pretty much memorized, and read all the biographies I could get my hands on. I even got my husband to take me to DeSmet, South Dakota to see the Little Town on the Prairie. I also loved the Chronicles of Narnia (and studied them in college!), all of Beverly Cleary, The Borrowers, the books about the Melendy kids (The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake), Nancy Drew, all of Marguerite Henry, the Flicka books …. I read a LOT as a child. Still do. (oops! Musn’t forget Harry Potter!)
    4. Laura Ingalls Wilder.
    5. The Witch on Blackbird Pond. My mother sent me several of my old books, and this one was on the top of the pile. It is wonderful.
    Oh, and yes, the movie version of “A Wrinkle in Time” was dreadful. I wish my kids hadn’t seen it … it spoiled the book for them.
    Thanks … this was fun!

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