This post was a little tricky to write because Top Ten Tuesday had the same topic last week. It’s always fun talking about the popular books because there tends to be a larger group of people to talk with, but what about the books that don’t get the same attention?
While the post I did last week was focused mainly on young adult books, I thought that this week I would go over the five children’s books that are my favorite that I think deserve more attention, even if they are a bit on the “classic” side.
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
I remember this story being one of the books read to me the most as a child. I felt so bad for Ferdinand, being taken from his home when all he wanted to do was relax and smell the flowers. I’m glad this has a happy ending.
The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack
This one was passed down to me from my aunt and was read to me a lot by my grandmother and great-grandmother. I liked ducklings a lot and for a period of time as a very young child, I thought all baby animals were -ings: pig-lings, duck-lings, etc. It was funny and weird at the same time.
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
I loved all the talk about food in this book. Even though Frances loves her bread and jam in the beginning, her mum and dad try to get her to try all sorts of things and by the end she’s open to new possibilities. I’m sure that I begged more than once for a recreation of a meal from this book.
Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola
A nice book to read right before Italian night at home! It was funny to imagine the endless supply of spaghetti that could come from Stega Nona’s pot and poor Anthony’s foolish wish to use it without her help.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
This was one of the first stories I remember hearing about France. It has beautiful images drawn for the book and the opening line is one of the few that I actually remember of all the children’s books listed here:
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines,
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.”
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