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September 17th, 2013 07:11 AM #1
Reading Classic Novels to your Kidlets!
So, recently I have been reading all the classic novels I never read as a child. I must be honest some of them seem to be more appropriate for older children (but maybe I am out of my depth.) I read Alice in Wonderland a long time ago but that seemed more nonsense then anything else. I more recently finished Wizard of Oz, and have started reading both The Wind in the Willows and Peter and Wendy. They aren't bad books, that's not what I am gearing towards, I just wonder as a parent what age would you read these stories to them, based on the themes, language etc.? I guess it's probably based on the individual; but I am curious. I grew up in a household where we read Enid Blyton books before bedtime and didn't swear, although I was always a bit of a scaredy cat anyway. :P
Thanks Berries and feel free to recommend any classics you particularly love!
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September 17th, 2013 07:26 AM #3
Well I might as well list the novels that I loved as a child. ;]
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (it might be a bit horrifying though)
The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Any of the childrens novels by Roald DahlIngrid | Kit | Susanna | Alistair
September 17th, 2013 07:36 AM #5
Some of the classics are quite dark some are fine.
Winnie the Pooh, Beatrix potter ect ate quite tame but the language can make them hard to follow for little littlies.
I'd probably wait till 8+ for some of the others- Peter Pan etc. Even the classic fairy tales in their original forms can be rather dark. The non disney little mermaid commits suicide, etc... It really depends in the child I guess. The lion king and other movies have dark scary buts too so... That doesn't really help much does it.
September 17th, 2013 08:05 AM #7Senior Member
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My parents started reading "real" books to me and my sister when we were very little, so my definition of what appropriate children's literarure might be a bit weird. I hope I'll be like that, I want my children to read proper books from a young age, I might not let them read very adult literature when they're as young as I was when I opened Lady Chatterley's Lover for the first time, but I will start reading the books below when they're three I guess. Roald Dahl is a good author to introduce, he's so funny and weird and charming, and his books are filled with amazing drawings.
Some of my favourites:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Saw There by Lewis Carroll
Ballet Shoes (and Skating Shoes and all the other Shoes I guess) by Noel Streatfeild
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Danny Champion of the World, Matilda, Witches (and so on...) by Roald Dahl
Collected Works by Beatrix Potter
Coraline, Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Emma, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (this will become a classic!)
Hugo & Josephine, Agnes Cecilia, Skuggan Över Stenbänken by Maria Gripe
I Capture the Castle, One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Madicken, Ronja the Robber's Daughter, Mio My Son, The Brother's Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren
Peter Pan, Peter in Kensington Park, Peter & Wendy by J.M. Barrie
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Moomin Books by Tove Jansson
The Pooh Books by A.A. Milne
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
The Secret Garden, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson-Burnett
The Wind in the Willow by Kenneth Grahame
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pierce
September 17th, 2013 08:11 AM #9
Oh and recommendations:
The little white horse, Elizabeth Goudge
The last unicorn, Peter Beagle
Winnie the Pooh (collected stories) A. A. Milne
Hans Christen Anderson's Fairytales (although some not ok for younger kids, as the little mermaid above)
Grimms Fairytales (the snow queen was my favorite growing up)
Arg racking my brains for more but it's not responding (sleepless 1year old equals brain dead mumma).
And I second the Secret Garden, Pippy long stockings, the Little Princess, Heidi, Narnia chronicles, little woman and Ronja the Robbers Daughter, and the Never Ending Story.
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