It’s April and Spring is truly underway! For today’s TBR Thursday I thought I would talk about children’s classic books that I want to read. About a week or so ago I created a list of children’s classics that I want to eventually get through. I’ve been interested in children’s literature for a while but never really knew much about it. Below are a couple of children’s classics that I can’t wait to get to!
The Complete Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson
Who has not laughed at the emperor’s new clothes, thrilled to the song of the nightingale, or sympathized with the ugly duckling? In the 170 years since they first began to appear, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Taleshave entranced and bewitched millions of readers, adults and children alike.Writing in the midst of a Europe-wide rebirth of national literature, Anderson broke new ground with his fairy tales in two important ways. First, he composed them in the vernacular, mimicking the language he used in telling them to children aloud. Second, he set his tales in his own land and time, giving rise to his loving descriptions of the Danish countryside. In contrast to such folklorists as the Brothers Grimm, Anderson’s tales are grounded in the real and often focus on the significance of small or overlooked things.Here are all of Andersen’s collected tales, many—such as “The Little Mermaid,” “The Red Shoes,” and “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”—still popular through modern adaptations, and others, including “The Flying Trunk” and “The Most Incredible Thing,” well worth rediscovering. (from Goodreads)
I read some of Hans Christian Anderson’s stories when I was young but I can’t wait to read them all in order! A few years ago, when I was in Copenhagen, I made sure to get a picture of the Little Mermaid statue in honor of him!
The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter
“I cannot draw you a picture of Peter and Benjamin underneath the basket,” writes Beatrix Potter in The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, “because it was quite dark, and because the smell of onions was fearful; it made Peter Rabbit and little Benjamin cry.” Beatrix Potter’s animal stories, the first of which was published in 1902, have been a joy to generations of young readers. This deluxe volume collects all of Beatrix Potter’s 23 Peter Rabbit tales and verses together–complete and unabridged–in one book.(from Goodreads)
I really enjoyed some of these tales when I was a kid! When I was in Lake District I went inside the free sections of The World of Beatrix Potter which was fun!
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
As soon as Anne Shirley arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever…but would the Cuthberts send her back to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with decidedly red hair and a temper to match. If only she could convince them to let her stay, she’d try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes or blurt out the very first thing she had to say. Anne was not like anybody else, everyone at Green Gables agreed; she was special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreamed of the day when she could call herself Anne of Green Gables. (from Goodreads)
We had the entire Anne of Green Gables when I was a child; I remember reading the first book quite clearly and enjoying it, but I can’t remember ever continuing on with the series!
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Meet little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. In the almost one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they’ve become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. And their misadventures-in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their Wild Wood-continue to capture readers’ imaginations and warm their hearts long after they grow up. Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie. (from Goodreads)
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
More than sixty years ago, Christopher Robin took his friend Edward Bear—who came to be known to millions as Winnie-the-Pooh—by one chubby paw and brought him unceremoniously downstairs. Pooh has endured, still slightly rotund, a Bear of Very Little Brain, but very generous of heart: the immortal creation of A. A. Milne, who wrote this book for his only son, Christopher Robin, and Ernest H. Shepard, who lovingly gave Pooh and his companions shape.
The adventures of Pooh and Piglet, Owl, Tigger, and the ever doleful Eeyore, are timeless treasures of childhood. These tales still speak to all of us with the freshness that distinguishes true storytelling. (from Goodreads)
Another one I can’t believe I never read!
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle’s walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has “captured the castle”– and the heart of the reader– in one of literature’s most enchanting entertainments. (from Goodreads)
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Sophie lived in the town of Market Chipping, which was in Ingary, a land in which anything could happen, and often did – especially when the Witch of the Waste got her dander up. Which was often.
As her younger sisters set out to seek their fortunes, Sophie stayed in her father’s hat shop. Which proved most unadventurous, until the Witch of the Waste came in to buy a bonnet, but was not pleased. Which is why she turned Sophie into an old lady. Which was spiteful witchery.
Now Sophie must seek her own fortune. Which means striking a bargain with the lecherous Wizard Howl. Which means entering his ever-moving castle, taming a blue fire-demon, and meeting the Witch of the Waste head-on. Which was more than Sophie bargained for…. (from Goodreads)
Looove the movie- can’t wait to read the book!
What are you’re favorite children’s classics?