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Classic Children's?

May 25, 2013 | Alison | Comments (0)

Parents love it when their children read.  They really love it when their children read "quality" books.  In a number of families this means that only classic children's literature is encouraged.  You know, the stories that our parents read with us because that was what they knew.  These traditional classics are beautiful stories that were written in the 19th or early 20th century.

The world of children's stories has changed in the last 20 years.  We have "new" classics that can provide the quality parents like with the adventure loved by their children.

 Traditional classics to share

  Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables shares the many adventures of young orphan Anne as she starts a life with a new family. Red haired Anne learns that having friends and family are not as easy as one would think.




Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
The Swiss Family Robinson find themselves shipwrecked on a beautiful but deserted island.  They must find food, shelter and a way to be rescued.  As time passes, life on the island doesn't seem so bad.  When rescue arrives, will they want to go?


Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
In the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom has a number of adventures, both good and bad as he tries to avoid doing the work that his Aunt wants him to do. Tom and his friends are growing up in 19th century Mississippi and learning that life isn't always what you think it is. 





The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnet
After the death of her parents, Mary is sent to live with her reclusive Uncle in his dark, empty house.  While exploring one day, Mary finds that part of the garden is sealed off from the rest with a large wall and no gate.  Mary works to find the secret of this garden and other mysteries of the house.


Contemporary classics to share

  Macdonald hall by Gordon KormanBruno and Boots are enjoying life at their all boys boarding school located just north of Toronto.  They operate under the belief that school should be fun, not just educational.  Unfortunately, the Headmaster Mr. Sturgeon (The FISH) has different ideas.  He decides to cut down their fun by separating them.  Can Bruno and Boots find a way to get back together?



Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume
 Peter has always wanted a dog, but his parents got him a turtle.  His little brother, Fudge, always gets what he wants.  Why can't Peter?  Then one day Fudge eats Peter's turtle.  Will Fudge get away with eating Peter's pet?  Or will Peter finally get justice?




Holes by Louis SacharStanley Yelnats discovers just how bad his luck is when he's sent to juvenile detention for being found with a pair of stolen running shoes.  The camp warden says that hard labour builds character, so she has them dig a hole five feet across by five feet deep.  Every day.  Stanley thinks there's something funny about the warden.  Can he figure things out before he digs too many holes?





Bud, not buddy by Christopher Paul CurtisThings are rough for Bud in 1936 Flint Michigan.  So rough that he decides to run away from home.  He takes his suitcase, his book of survival rules and the belief that he can find his father.  Is the musician from the flyer his mom gave him really his father?  



Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer12 year old Artemis Fowl had the best idea for earning money!  He's going to catch a Leprechan and get the pot of gold.  Don't laugh!  Artemis has done his research and discovered that if you catch a "police" fairy from the LEPrecon Unit you can get gold as ransom.  What he doesn't know is that fairies can be dangerous.


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