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Can you pick your Top Ten from the list?

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1KimB
Dez. 11, 2009, 9:11pm


This is a bit of a hard one for me, to just stop at ten, but I thought it might be an interesting exercise. These some of the ones I remember fondly for one reason or another.

1.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
2.Charlotte's Web
3.The Fellowship of the Ring
4.The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe
5.The Borrowers
6.James and the Giant Peach
7.Animalia
8.Looking for Alibrandi
9.To Kill a Mocking Bird
10.Watership Downs

2BookLizard
Dez. 11, 2009, 11:06pm

Well, my favorite book as a child was Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nihm. I'm afraid to read it again as an adult. What if it's not as good as I remember? To Kill a Mockingbird is great. I'll have to think about the other 8.

3quaintlittlehead
Dez. 12, 2009, 2:44pm

This is incredibly difficult, because I have reread some books as an adult and my opinion of them is not what it was when I first read them. However, these are the ones I would currently say hold the fondest memories and continue to stand up to my adult tastes:

1. Winnie-the-Pooh
2. The Story of Babar
3. The Velveteen Rabbit
4. Charlotte's Web
5. A Christmas Carol
6. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
7. Little Women
8. Heidi
9. The Dark is Rising
10. Number the Stars

As you can see, though, the problem with using adult appeal as a criterion is that it skews the list towards books for older children. I tried at first to pick two from each age range, thinking that would be more objective, but I just wasn't happy with the results there, either. I wonder if school-aged children don't also have fonder memories of books they've read on their own than things they had read to them before they learned to read, thinking that those books are somehow just "baby" books.

4hdcclassic
Jan. 25, 2010, 5:59am

Of the ones I have read, I'll pick these. Couple of picks would probably change if I answered next week, while others won't.

Books I remember fondly from childhood, many of which work well also when I have returned to them as an adult:
1. Uppo-Nalle (my favorite books when I had just learned to read)
2. Petit Nicolas (again, loved these when I was 8-10, and they still hold up well)
3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (my favorite Narnia book)
4. Gaston (a good contender for the best comic ever...and I have read lots of comics)
5. Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (like Narnia, these Lindgren fantasy books have other layers recognized better by adults...)
6. The Dark Is Rising (I wonder if I dare to reread these as an adult, they had a huge impact when I was a kid)
7. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (again a book with weird double exposure...do you relate to Adrian or do you see him objectively? Works both ways)

Books I read as adult and thus have no idea how they would have worked as a child...but they are great:
8. The Sword in the Stone
9. The Nonexistent Knight
10. When the Wind Blows

6Nickelini
Bearbeitet: Aug. 7, 2010, 7:57pm

I don't know how many I have here, but these are the ones that I applauded when I saw them listed. There are many books that I think are great but are so obvious that I'd be shocked if they weren't there (Where the Wild Things Are, Goodnight Moon, etc.--most people don't need to be told about them)

0-3 yrs

Mr Gumpy's Outing
Each Peach Pear Plum
Good Dog, Carl
Bathwater's Hot

3+
The Story of Ferdinand
The Little House (the Virginia Lee Burton one, NOT Laura Ingels Wilder!)
Morris's Disappearing Bag
Pumpkin Soup

5+
The Magic Pudding
Caps for Sale
Blueberries for Sal
Flat Stanley
Doctor De Soto
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

8+
The Little White Horse
James and the Giant Peach
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
The Shrinking of Treehorn

I didn't really note much in the 12+ category. Many of those I read in earlier years at school (or my daughter did). I started reading adult books at 13, so I'm not sure that this category is even necessary (although there are more YA books now than ever before).