Not just popular with my generation, recently Enid Blyton books have seen an increase in both popularity and sales with a whole new era of readers enjoying her stories - imagine then how exciting it is to learn that a 'lost' book has recently been discovered.
Mr Tumpy's Caravan is a 180-page fantasy story about a magical caravan with a mind of its own who, together with Mr Tumpy, his friends and a dog called Bun-Dorg, crosses an ocean before facing a dog-headed dragon in an attempt to save a princess's land. Click HERE to read more and to see video footage.
Yet another book to be recently unearthed ......
A 'MACABRE' DAPHNE DU MAURIER SHORT STORY has been discovered 70 years later.
The Doll, written around 1928, tells of a man who becomes infatuated with a woman he meets at a party. He visits her home, only to discover the real object of her affection: a life-size, mechanical male doll.
A dark story of obsession and jealousy, t is one of 13 du Maurier short stories in a new anthology to be published in May. - Anita Singh, the Telegraph, 21/02/2011
Going back to childhood favourites, I asked my mam if there were any books that I read and re-read as a little girl.
Her answer? When I was really, really small it turns out I loved THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle which was first published a year after I was born, then, a little older, my favourite book which apparently I read and read and read again was a Disney book based on the film SONG OF THE SOUTH, author unknown.
The reason I asked?
Children who demand the same story be read to them over and over may be learning more than those who choose a different tale every time, according to academics.
Research at the University of Sussex has found that repetition in reading storybooks is more likely to help a child acquire a broader vocabulary.
The study is published in Frontiers In Psychology - click HERE to read.
- the Telegraph, 21/02/2011
So, what were your favourite stories as a child? And do you think the re-reading of books really does help vocabulary?
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