1 Oct 2009

Childhood favourites.

Today's post was inspired by Sharon's Garden Of Book Reviews. Talking in her post 'Charming Children's Books' about children's books made me think back to my first and (not to mention) second childhoods.

I have a shelf at home that contains all my favourite 'childhood' books including some that belonged to my mam as a girl, some that belonged to my (naughty?) little sister and I as children and some that were given to me as a, supposedly, grown-up.

On that shelf is a book belonging to my mam entitled THE FAMILY FROM ONE END STREET, it's author is Eve Garnett and inside is the inscription 'Presented to -------, a pupil of Falla Park Road JM*. A very polite and mannerly pupil whose industry and ability has gained her two scholarships - H.D.L Hardwick, Class teacher, 1960.' Imagine how pleased I was to find that this is still being published today though no longer in it's plain maroon cover and certainly more expensive then it was then.

Also on that shelf is a book bought just recently by Hubby, entitled ONE RAINY DAY, this book was written by M. Christina Butler and is all about a hedgehog (no surprises there then) with wonderful shimmering graphics by Tina Macnaughton.

So what else is there?

+ A box-set of all seven books in the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
+ The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
+ Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
+ Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne

+ The House At Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
+ The Hedgehog by Angela Sheehan
+ Prickly Pig by Gillian McClure
+ The Tale Of Anabelle Hedgehog by Stephen Lawhead
+ The Tale Of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter
+ Tales From Fern Hollow, Spike And The Cowboy Band by John Patience
+ The Happy Hedgehog Band by Jill Barton
+ The Adventures Of Hadrian Hedgehog by Candida Lycett Green and Christopher Thyme
+ Forest Folk Tales, The Prickly Hedgehog by Snezana Pejacovic
+ The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith
+ The New Oxford Treasury Of Children's Poems
+ A Tapestry Of Tales by Sandra Palmer and Elizabeth Breuilly

+ The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
+ How The Grinch Stole Christmas By Dr. Seuss
+ Green Eggs And Ham by Dr. Seuss
+ The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
+ The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson
+ Spot Tells The Time by Eric Hill
+ The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
+ Q Pootle 5 by Nick Butterworth
+ A Day With Sam by Debbie Hunsley**
+ Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
+ The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley
+ The Life And Surprising Times Of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
+ Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

+ Song Of The South by Disney Productions
+ Once Upon A Christmas by Davis Oxtoby
+ A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
+ Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
+ Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
+ Charlie And The Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
+ The Boy In The Blue Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
+ A box-set of all 7 books in the Harry Potter series.
+ The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon

*JM - Junior Mixed
** Unavailable to buy, this book published by ARTHRITIS CARE is distributed by hospitals and was written for children living with various different forms of arthritis.

How many of these books are favourites of yours, your children or, even, your grandchildren? What would you add to the list?


Vivienne said...

I loved the Children at One End Street. You have a fabulous list there - bit of a hedgehog theme going on there.

I am presently trying to collect The Children of Green Knowe books and The Anne of Green Gables books. I am seeking them out through Bookmooch.

Kelly said...

Great list! I think I counted 10 that we also have at our house.

I belonged to a Dr. Seuss bookclub as a child, so I have lots more of those (along with ones by other authors like P.D. Eastman). I have tons of Nancy Drew books, lots of Little Golden Books, Stuart Little, Trumpet of the Swan, The Once & Future King (and Sword in the Stone), A Little Princess, Goodnight Moon, I'll Love you Forever, gee..... my list just goes on and on, so I'll stop here!

Petty Witter said...

I must confess Vivienne that I have never read The Anne Of Green Gables books. I'm sure niece #2 has them so maybes I'll get to read them sometime.

Kelly: Dr. Seuss I love. We watched Horton Hears A Who on DVD recently - I haven't read the book so can't compare them but I quite enjoyed the film.

Hazra said...

I loved Water Babies; I have lost count of the number of times I've read it.
It's shocking, but I haven't read Dr. Seuss. I don't know why his books never found its way into my house.

Jenners said...

So many of my favorites are on your shelf as well. : )