I've enjoyed reading ever since I was child. Perhaps my love for reading comes from my parents. They were both school teachers, and the written word was so important to them. Regardless of the reason, many of my favorite memories are the bedtime stories they read to me; and later, all of the books I devoured on my own.
While I have read thousands of books in my over 50 years, there are just a few that stand out from my childhood. These books were my favorites, and I read them until the pages were worn. Looking back on them, I realize that each story had a lesson, and that is in part what made them so enjoyable.
Have you read these books, and are there others that you recommend?
The Secret Garden is at one level a book for girls, at another a book for children, but like all great works of literature it can be read by adults, who can appreciate the deep and serious issues that pervade the book. In this way it is on a par with any one of the Narnia books, which are capable of being similarly read at various depths.
I will have to look into this book! Thanks for the suggestion
TY for those . I have read " The Secret Garden" but I could add a little known Dutch story which had a heroine as the main character even back as far as the 1950's and it is called " The Wheel on The School " by Meindert de Jong.
MY favourite time at school was when the teacher used to put the radio on for story time. This book was serialised . I loved it and asked my parents to buy it for my birthday. The book fell to bits I read it so often.
Fast forward 25 years and I was walking through a Yorkshire village and outside the bookshop, sitting on top of a pile of bargain books was "The wheel on the school " . I seized it quickly before anyone else could. It is a prized possession.
A 1950's book with girl as the instigator and heroine. Can't be bad.
I had forgotten about Heidi! It is a good story for young girls. I am unaware of the other authors and books you've recommended, but will definitely look into them. Thanks!
I have read only Thumbelina (several times) and will try to find others from your list in our language. Secret Garden looks particularly intriguing. If I may add few good ones from my personal list, I would like to recommend everything written by Astrid Lindgren and Tove Jansson. Heidi is also one of immortal classics and we should not forget other works by H. C. Andersen (you listed his Thumbelina) as well. Snow Queen is definitely one of all time best works for slightly older kids.
I've only read two of these - The Secret Garden and The Velvelveteen Rabbit, both of whichh are olovely. As a young girl, I adored Alice in Wonderland, though.