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message 2: by Daniel (new)

Daniel your a magic wallpaper



message 3: by Emma (new)

Emma Where is Harry Potter???


message 4: by Mum (new)

Mum I am going to date myself. Most of what I read as a CHILD, was fairy tales, old books of my parents, including short stories and poetry. I guess we would call them classics, and I no longer remember the names, let alone which edition. I would grab anything to read under the night light in the bathroom. My parents took my flashlight away early on! My parents did not get books for kids. Bless my teachers who read many of these books out loud at school. It opened whole new adventures for me. The majority of the books on this list I read to and with my children. I started acquiring children's books in my twenties, and LOVE THEM still.


message 6: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn MY BOOK HOUSE, especially the first three volumes.

WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE Why? Because it was there.


message 7: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Wynken, Blynken and Nod.


message 8: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Hansel and Gretel
The Little Engine That Could


message 9: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Canary wrote: "Black Beauty seems to be listed twice. "

Removed duplicates.


message 10: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Re Black Beauty, the first one listed is the full length version. The second one is abridged for younger readers. That's why they can't be combined.


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Thom wrote: "Hansel and Gretel
The Little Engine That Could"


Oh, Hansel and Gretel......BIG fav of mine. Also, the Big Bad Wolf? is that the title? I did a painting of that one in college. Oh, its Little Red Riding Hood.




message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Lobstergirl wrote: "Re Black Beauty, the first one listed is the full length version. The second one is abridged for younger readers. That's why they can't be combined."

OH! wonder which one I read? duh....




ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔ Thom wrote: "MY BOOK HOUSE, especially the first three volumes.

WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE Why? Because it was there."



Good Answer. I hear that's why people climb Mt Everest!



message 14: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Carol wrote: "Thom wrote: "MY BOOK HOUSE, especially the first three volumes.

WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE Why? Because it was there."


Good Answer. I hear that's why people climb Mt Everest!
"

We also had bound volumes of Woman's Day magazine in our house because my Dad was an exec with the A&P, I don't remember being fascinated by those.


THE STORY OF MANKIND: inside front cover where "Man" gets less hairy, more upright as he treads back and forth up this incline. Stared at it for hours. Hours.



message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

THE STORY OF MANKIND: inside front cover where "Man" gets less hairy, more upright as he treads back and forth up this incline. Stared at it for hours. Hours.

Why did it fascinate you so???? My sister and I were mesmerized by our childcraft books and colored in them and cut them up....sigh!


message 16: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Don't know, maybe the ape-to-man thing. I remember a Sunday cartoon feature called "Denny Dimwit" with a main character who smiled a lot, had a good heart and his head came to a point. The premise of most weekly stories was he could see the nakedness of Emperors or come up with answers which were the right ones even as he misunderstood the questions. Denny Dimwit. Pinhead. 1949, thereabouts. Imagine !


ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔ That's funny!


message 18: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Yeah, but can you imagine the outcry if you tried to sell something like that today ?


ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔ Bill O'Reilly calls people pinheads but I haven't heard Denny Dimwit. There is probably a club of Dimwits who would want equal rights for Dimwits.


message 20: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn There is at Bowling Green an archive of Popular Culture which will have all Denny Dimwit cartoons, I'm sure. They ran in all the major Sunday cartoon sections of major papers.


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Thom Dunn Add bound volumes, I guess if you can find them, of Terry and the Pirates, and Gasoline Alley.


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Thom wrote: "Add bound volumes, I guess if you can find them, of Terry and the Pirates, and Gasoline Alley."

Made an attempt on Gasoline Allery but
it doesn't appear to be the right one.




message 23: by Sue (new)

Sue Does anyone remember a book called The Pink Dress.
This book really got me started reading. I wish I
knew the author or if it is still our there. Anyone
know?


ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔ The Pink Dress by Anne Alexander?


message 25: by Sue (new)

Sue Wow Carol that is the book. I looked it up on Amazon and the starting price is $450.00. I loved that book. It really changed my life when it comes to reading. Thanks


ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔ You are welcome. You should look at xlibris and alibris to see if they have a cheaper copy.


message 27: by Carla (new)

Carla Since when is Jane Eyre a children's book?


message 28: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Carla wrote: "Since when is Jane Eyre a children's book?"

The list is favorite books "from my childhood." A lot of people read adult books during childhood.


message 29: by [deleted user] (new)

Lobstergirl wrote: "Carla wrote: "Since when is Jane Eyre a children's book?"

The list is favorite books "from my childhood." A lot of people read adult books during childhood."


I certainly did and have read many children's books as an adult. For instance my sister sent me a boxed set of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe which I had never seen as a child.




My Bookmark is My BFF My Fathers Dragon is a book I remember being read in elementary school by the librarian. Our class sat enraptured as she delighted us with the tale of Elmer. I searched forever to find out what the name of the book was so I could read it to my kids.


message 31: by Andrea (last edited Apr 11, 2010 09:37AM) (new)

Andrea I've been looking up Troll and Scholastic books from the 70s and 80s to get more ideas. Anyone remember any other book clubs from that time?


message 32: by Grace Tjan (new)

Grace Tjan I'm trying to wean my 7 year old daughter from Pokemon comics. Can anyone recommend any good book for her? She doesn't like 'girly' stories about princesses --- would prefer something with some action and humor in it.


message 33: by Thom (last edited May 01, 2010 10:59AM) (new)

Thom Dunn Sandybanks wrote: "I'm trying to wean my 7 year old daughter from Pokemon comics. Can anyone recommend any good book for her? She doesn't like 'girly' stories about princesses --- would prefer something with some act..."

Suggest you look through the Children's lit on listopia and the Newbery, etc. winners' list and reviews thereon. I think it a welcome sign she is not interested in Princesses....Slow job marker these days.


ღ Carol jinx~☆~☔ Yes, Princesses are so passe'
Junie B. Jones series, Black Beauty--my seven year old Grandaughter loved this when I gave it to her. She has read it three times.
Judy Blume books--Nancy Drew--


message 35: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Since when is "Rebecca" a book for kids?


message 36: by Lioba (new)

Lioba The Red Badge of Courage??? In a childhood collection??? I read it for uni and even then I hated it!!! Who picks some of these books???


message 37: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lioba wrote: "The Red Badge of Courage??? In a childhood collection??? I read it for uni and even then I hated it!!! Who picks some of these books???"

I think they are picked by younger readers who have not read many books but who are seeking to contribute to lists anyway.


message 38: by Kierenne (new)

Kierenne Seriously? Anne Frank? Red Badge of Courage? I really don't think those are books for children.


message 39: by Nancy (new)

Nancy I guess I can see the point made in Message 28 & 29--Maybe the question should be: What constitutes childhood? up to age 10? 12? 17? It would seem to take an exceptional 10 yr. old to read, understand & appreciate Rebecca or Jane Eyre, for example. Or maybe I was just an extremely average kid! I didn't see the Freddie the Pig books on the list-- they should be!!


message 40: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey Here is the danger of having read "The Princess Bride" in my childhood: for the longest time I believed it really was abridged. I was smart enough to figure that Florin and its history were fabricated, but I gullibly thought it had originally been written by S. Morgenstern, and wondered why he got so little recognition, as well as where I could find an unabridged copy. My mom set me straight, eventually.


message 41: by Mini (new)

Mini My favorite was watership down.


message 42: by Feliz (new)

Feliz Emma wrote: "Where is Harry Potter??? "

wasn't around yet when I was a child


message 43: by Shad (new)

Shad I was in my 30's when Harry Potter came out. Thanks for the great walk down memory lane with this list!


message 44: by Ryan Patrick (new)

Ryan Patrick I thought I was a big reader as a kid, but not much of this list looks familiar - some of it I read later as a an adult. Hmm... What was I doing with my time...?


message 45: by Kate (new)

Kate  Maxwell Being 'childhood' books, I chose ones that were favorites BEFORE I was a TEENAGER. Too bad some of these weren't available when I was small - but they are now going on my TBR list!


message 46: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Some of these books, I mean... The Count of Monte Cristo? There's no way I would've read that when I was a kid! I still couldn't.


message 47: by Virag (new)

Virag Rachael wrote: "Some of these books, I mean... The Count of Monte Cristo? There's no way I would've read that when I was a kid! I still couldn't."

It just depends on the kid. For example, I first read LOTR, The Hobbit, and Jane Eyre when I was 11, and I had no trouble understanding them. They're still some of my favorite books.


message 48: by Kristina (new)

Kristina How about Raggedy Ann & Andy books?


message 49: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Virag wrote: "Rachael wrote: "Some of these books, I mean... The Count of Monte Cristo? There's no way I would've read that when I was a kid! I still couldn't."

It just depends on the kid. For example, I firs..."


My skepticism was only directed towards The Count of Monte Cristo, not other books such as LOTR or The Hobbit. It doesn't strike me as something that children (considering this is favourite books from my childhood) would even want to read, let alone understand or have the attention span for, considering it is over 1000 pages. I'm doubtful over how many people actually read and loved it when they were a child, but that's just my opinion. :)


message 50: by David (new)

David Strange list- Of Mice and Men? Da Vinci Code? All kinds of books, not child friendly. Rubbish list.


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