Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My Favourite Childhood Books

Since I shared my favourite grown up books (here) I thought I might share some books that have survived my childhood to live on my shelves today.

What are you favourite childhood books? Or maybe what are your kid's favourites?

My aunt gave my first, of many, Amelia Bedelia books. Perhaps this is where my love of puns and bad jokes came from? I believe there's a statue of Peggy Parish's Amelia in the States somewhere and I do want to see it. There's now even "early reader" books about a young Amelia.

"From dressing the chicken to drawing the drapes, Amelia Bedelia does exactly what Mr. and Mrs. Rogers tell her to do. If things get a bit mixed up, well, that's okay. When Amelia Bedelia is involved, everything always turns out perfectly in the end!"

This is a fun nonsense book that my 4-year-old buddy enjoyed just as much as I did years ago.

When Little Lucy goes walking through the woods she meets up with her various animal friends and they decided to trade body parts. Just wait until Mom finds out!

When the family's "fancy aunt" from the city comes for a visit everyone has to fix up the farm but when the stew is ready to have the peper added, who will be able to throw it in?

Follow the boy and the bear through a "berry" exciting adventure and fun rhyming words and funny places. It's a fun book to read aloud, no matter how old you are.The pages are bright and colourful and fun to look at to spot the small details of berries everywhere!

Can you read this correctly out loud? I sure have trouble saying "big bad pig" instead of "wolf".

"When it comes time for the three little wolves to go out into the world and build themselves a house, their mother warns them to beware the big bad pig. But the little wolves' increasingly sturdy dwellings are no match for the persistent porker, who has more up his sleeve than huffing and puffing."

I once told this story from memory to my little cousins. One asked "why do you keep repeating 'soup from a stone, imagine that'?" The other replied "cause it's in the book." 

I've also seen this book take place in different places of the world such as China if you're looking for something more multicultural.

"A clever young man tricks an old woman into believing that soup can be made from a stone. As the pot of water boils with the stone in it, he urges her to add more and more ingredients until the soup is a feast "fit for a king." In print for 30 years."

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