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What was your favorite book when you were a little kid, and why?

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shannon_elaine
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
The Velveteen Rabbit.
wren08
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Lord of the Rings. It was the book that Dad would read and read to me and we still didn't finish it for a long time. I got lots of 'Dad' time that way. (This was long before the movies... around 1965 or so)
wren08
Mar. 23rd, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
Oh... and if you are looking for a bedtime book Grandfather Twilight won hands down as bedtime reading for my daughters when they were little... folled closely by Six Dinner Sid and Kitten's First Full Moon because we like cats and moons here!
visionshadows
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
A Swiftly Tilting Planet. Which I still read at least once a year.
imbrium8
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:26 am (UTC)
Same here! Because--hello!--time-traveling unicorn.
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nyad
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
"Magical Monarch of Mo" By Frank L. Baum

The whole world was candy and jewels and gold, and my world was pea soup and hand-me-downs and uncertainty.
aminuteafter3
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
The Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden #1) by Julie Campbell. I liked it because I wanted to be Trixie. :)
the_odd_one
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
I can't remember the title, but it was about a young unicorn and a young dragon who became friends and taught their families to stop fighting and get along.

It actually belonged to the dental office I've gone to forever. I'd still read it when I'd go in for my cleanings when I was in junior high, so the receptionist finally told me to take it home. (My mom worked as a hygienist in the office so it wasn't TOO out of the blue, but it still makes for a good story.)

I always loved unicorns and dragons, so that's the why :)
jdillon
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, I think I know which book you're talking about; I absolutely loved it, but I can't remember the title, either! This is going to drive me crazy! XD
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ragdoll
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
I had a bunch, but then again I was a voracious reader. I'd say the top ones were:

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe - I was ignorant of Christian allegory, having grown up as Not-Christian as one possibly could, so I just loved the adventure and the fantasy in it.

The Voyage of the Dawn TreadeR - more of the same and I had a ridiculous crush on Prince Caspian.

The Little Princess - because I just loved the whole concept of intrepid Victorian girl having to suffer unspeakable torments just to make it all right in the end.

The Hobbit - again, more fantasy, more adventure, and oh those wacky dwarves

Anne of Green Gables - more suffering Victorian/Edwardian girls! :)

Oh. And the Oz books. *headdesk*

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kythryne
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
The Oz books.
nyad
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Frank L. Baum was a genius.
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celestyna
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
The Piney Woods Peddler was the strangest coolest book ever for me up until about 3rd grade. It was a great big circular journey involving snakebites, spooky forests, thunderstorms, and all sorts of cool shit with the best pictures ever. seriously, they should reprint this shit.

up until junior high I was aaaaaall about the Choose Your Own Adventures. They were always insane. Even though I read them so much I had the pages memorized, I was always somehow secretly thrilled and surprised.. You could choose page 21 and "yay, you and nancy make it out of the haunted house, become best friends forever and throw a tea & cupcake party" or you could choose page 48 and "the monster devours nancy and the last thing you see is his bloody claws and fangs coming for YOU!"

it really doesn't get better than that.

then i started predictably getting into "Z is for Zillah" and "Go Ask Alice" and since then pretty much every book i love involves either drugs or the apocalypse in some way.
todiefordesigns
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
I had a few!
Rikki tikki Tavi (sp)
Where the wild things are
Anne of the green gables
The lion the witch and the wardrobe
The velveteen rabit

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habiliments
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
How little of a kid? :) When I was very small, I was in love with a book called Herbert the Timid Dragon; I think I identified with Herbert a bit. I also loved funny little kid books like There's a Monster at the End of This Book! (about as much scaring as I've ever been able to enjoy!), and gorgeous little kid books like Maurice Sendak and Kit Williams' Masquerade and Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like, which has one of the best titles ever.

When I got a little older, my mom read Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea to me when I was sick, and I think so much of what I read and love now is a result of that. She followed it with Tolkien, and on my own time I fell in love with Lloyd Alexander and Oz and other fantasy.

If I keep thinking about this I'm going to end up with an epic list. There are a lot of more recent kids' books that I adore that I fell in love with while working in children's publishing. Peter Sís, Uri Shulevitz' gorgeous, affecting Snow, a charming Swedish import called Benny's Had Enough...
edenssixthday
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton was my favorite book. I think I read it for the first time when I was about 7 years old. I loved it because it was magical, mysterious, full of intrigue, and because it scared the ever-living crap out of me.

I also loved Where the Red Fern Grows because even as a child I was a complete sucker for dogs of any kind, and this dog story is probably the best dog story ever written. Old Yeller has nothing on Where the Red Fern Grows. I would cry like a big blubbering baby every time I read the book. I'd finish it, and turn right back to page one and start reading all over again.

Then there was Beat the Turtle Drum by Constance C. Green. I read that when I was in fifth grade or so. I thought it was beautiful, poignant, and it made me weep.

And since I obviously love tragic books that make me cry for days on end, I can't possibly leave out Bridge to Terabithia. I read that one multiple times, too, and cried my eyes out every time. A year ago, I watched the movie on an airplane, and cried my eyes out again.


So yeah... if you're trying to think of books to have your little one read in the coming decade or so, you may want to think long and hard about the three I listed that would break your wee one's heart. Stick with the first one and scare the bejeezus out of him/her instead! :)
ragdoll
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
oh, I loved the Jane Langton books-- that whole series was amazing! I also liked the two about the girl with the incredible imagination. I think Her Majesty of Grace and ummmm The Boyhood of Grace Jones. No one else I've known has ever referenced The Diamond in the Window before! :)
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the_only_babbs
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
A Child's Garden Of Versus And Songs - The Childhood Poetry Of Robert Louis Stevenson

I still have my copy I was give when I was 5. My mom gave my daughter a copy when she was born. It is a fantastic book of poems. I love it so much. I think every child should have a copy of this book.
nnylynnej
Mar. 23rd, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
Same here! I would read them over and over and over. I have no idea where my book went, though :(
charaxinae
Mar. 23rd, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
oh no, i can't pick one!

The Neverending Story -- I really wanted to be able to go to that world, and I still do. I lived in that world.

Watership Down -- I can still recite all of the rabbit songs.

Lord of the Rings/Hobbit -- Because! I pretty much lived in that world, too.

Chronicles of Narnia -- who doesn't love it?

Madeline L'Engle's Time books too, gotta love those...

My first favorite book was D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths though, first got it when I was 5 and I never let go!
muppetk
Mar. 23rd, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Holy crap... I never expected anyone else to list the D'Aulaires book. A Wrinkle in Time, et al, yes, they're classics. But I thought I was downright weird with my re-reading D'Aulaires until the spine disintegrated.

Cool!
bigeyedgirl
Mar. 23rd, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Noisy Norah, because I was and still am just like Norah.

Anne of Green Gables, again, very much like Anne.
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