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Old 09-19-2018, 03:19 AM   #1
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What books were your favourites when you were a child?

I loved the Chalet School series (English boarding school tales set in Austria in 1925 through to Switzerland in 1970). I was enthralled by the idea of boarding school. (I later taught in a mixed boarding school but I'm not sure whether "The Chalet School" helped my career or not ).

My other favourites were the Romney Marsh series by Monica Edwards. The stories were very well written and while the adventures were out of my league they weren't so far-fetched that the reader would think them silly. Oddly enough, when I was going to hand them on to my god-daughter, I read them again to see if they had stood the test of time (they were written between the late 1940s and the 1960s) they had done so. It's the test of a well-written children's book that it stands up to being read by an adult.

I also had a passion for the "Biggles" books by Capt W E Johns when I was eight or nine. Made me want to learn to fly. Quite by chance, when I did a stint working for British Gas (I got around a bit!) I won a prize in a competition which had various flying-related prizes. Some of the other women were quite shocked when I chose the flying lesson and I actually did it, while they were whingeing that the prizes were only for men. The prize coincided with the chance to buy Tetley. A hard decision had to be made and so the flying lesson was a one-off and I bought my lovely horse - couldn't afford flying lessons AND a horse.
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:35 PM   #2
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When I was little I enjoyed Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman and Uncle Wiggily Longears books by Howard R. Garis.

When I was old enough to read on my own I liked the Little House books by Laura Ingles Wilder and also Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

We also had some old Big Little Books that had belonged to my uncles with stories about Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Tom Swift, etc...
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Old 09-19-2018, 12:45 PM   #3
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The Encyclopedia Brown series. 101 Dalmatians before the Disney cartoon was released. The Jungle Book, although I did see the movie first. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming. The book and the movie are so different. The movie disappointed me after having read the book. Probably my all-time favorite: A Wrinkle in Time. I still read it on occasion!
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:59 AM   #4
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A kindergarten book about an alien in the apple orchard. Anyone? "Johnny and the Apple Orchid" Circa 1962? It was a story about ET, way before the movie. Johnny encountered something.

I liked it. It was more than a story about an apple orchard.
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I forgot to mention Dr. Seuss. He practically taught me to read!
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:03 PM   #6
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I must have Peter Rabbit on my mind because of some recent posts. The Beatrix Potter books were not as popular here as they were in England, but still I remember being enthralled by the stories from her, and most especially by the art work. They have certainly stood the test of time.

When I was older, I also loved the quintessential American Little House books by Laura Ingles Wilder.
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Old 09-22-2018, 07:22 PM   #7
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My Friend Flicka and Thunderhead by Mary O'Hara. I have read both those books over and over right into adulthood. And I even watch the movie of Flicka with Roddy McDowell.
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When I was little I enjoyed Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman and Uncle Wiggily Longears books by Howard R. Garis.

When I was old enough to read on my own I liked the Little House books by Laura Ingles Wilder and also Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

We also had some old Big Little Books that had belonged to my uncles with stories about Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Tom Swift, etc...
I only came across one of the "Little House on The Prairie" books - the first, I think. The only thing I remember was the snow that was so deep it banked up and blocked the door and the windows of the house. I didn't know that it was part of a series until the television series came on UK TV. relatively recently.

The Bannerman book has been out-of-print for many years in GB as the text and the illustrations were considered offensive.
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My Friend Flicka and Thunderhead by Mary O'Hara. I have read both those books over and over right into adulthood. And I even watch the movie of Flicka with Roddy McDowell.
I was horse-mad from about 4 years old and was in my element when the TV series of "My Friend Flicka" came on. We didn't have a TV until I was about 10 or 11, but I used to call at my Grandmother's on the way home from school to watch it.
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I've just remembered - When I was a little girl two elderly ladies, Miss Walker and her sister Miss Mary, lived next door to my Grandmother. Miss Walker had been a teacher both in England and China and the sisters had a bookcase full of "Classic" books. They used to call me in and when I was very young to show me their Chinese "treasures" - china etc. They would read to me and later let me read their books myself. In particular I remember reading "Lorna Doone" when I was 8 or 9. It was so exciting and I'm still fond of it. That, and the fact that my parents read voraciously, led to my life-long love of a good book.
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