Thursday, February 6, 2014

Children's Literature: Touching Hearts, Teaching Lessons

Those of us who love children's books know how powerful they can be.  The Huffington Post had a very good article about how children can learn life lessons through reading great books. Take the time to read this brief article.

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I have many favorites, but there is one that especially stands out for me, Black Beauty.  I wasn't a horse lover, and I don't even remember what it was about the book that drew me back again and again to this classic.  I wound up reading it through four times during my growing-up years.  It's like I tell my students,  good books are like good friends, fun to visit again and again.

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First edition, F. M. Lupton Publishing Company, New York, 1877


My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Weeks, shared Little Britches : Father and I Were Ranchers with our class.  It held us all spellbound.  Later I read this to my son when he was little, and he loved it as well.  It's amazing how a good book can make an impact on generations of readers.

Leave a comment letting me know what books captured your heart when  you were growing up.


10 comments:

  1. One of my all time favorites was, and is, "Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I've read the whole series and had my daughters read them as well, but this is my favorite from the series.

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  2. That series was one of my favorites growing up.
    Jill

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  3. When I was growing up it was the Bobbsey Twins. I loved all the side stories in the plot. They were just fun. Now, my favorite is Patricia Polacco's The Christmas Tapestry. The causes and effects of every little event are so interwoven. It shows how much of each step of our lives that God has planned for a specific purpose.

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    1. Patricia Polacco's books always have such depth to her story besides having her beautiful illustrations.

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  4. As a young reader, I devoured the few books in the Elizabeth Gail series that happened to come into my possession. I read and reread them. They spoke of God, of whom I knew nothing, and yet was somehow strangely drawn to.
    Today my favorite children's story is The Gruffalo. I fell in love with the story through the animated reading, but the book and illustrations are just as fabulous!

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    1. I'll have to dig that one up. I"m not familiar with it.

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  5. In late Elementary I loved the Dear America series- they were historical fiction novels told as if through the diary of a girl about my age. I was absolutely captivated by the hardtimes they suffered either as slaves or the daughters of gold miners in California or the first student in a school for the blind. I probably own more than 10 of the series.

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  6. Historical fiction has always been my favorite genre. I don't think I was meant to be up to the challenge of living in those hard days, but I sure admire the folks who did!

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  7. My favorite book series growing up was The Happy Hollisters. It influenced me wanting to have a large happy family! I think I can probably still tell the plot of each of the books in the 33 book series. My dad owned the book series and I recall reading each book many times. I loved the mystery and adventure. I also recall reading the Madeline L'Engle books, I specifically remember reading Many Waters in the 5th grade and loved the extreme liberty she took to make the story come alive. My kids however are complete Redwall fans and considering their consequent reading levels, I'm very thankful the author wrote these books so well!

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    1. Thanks for reminding me of the Hollisters. Hadn't thought of that series in a long time. L'Engle's books always amazed me with the amount of research she would have had to invest in each. It's sad there will be no more new and fascinating reads from her. Thanks for posting.

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