Time always flies so fast during the Classic Children’s Literature Event! I can’t believe it’s the end of the month. Already! I had hoped to get just one more book finished before the end of the month, but I’m still over 50 pages away, so it’s not looking likely. I’m sure that in addition to this last book, I’ll have one more straggler into May. So, if like me, you’re just not quite finished, feel free to share any last reads here over the next couple weeks and I will update the participant list.
Carissa at Bookshelves and Daydreams:
Mary Poppins Comes Back
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Carol at Jouney and Destination:
My Friend Flicka
Cleo @ Classical Carousel:
Finn Family Moomintroll
Cyrus the Persian
Emma at Words and Peace:
Faith at Household Diary:
The 101 Dalmatians
Children of the New Forest
Bed-Knob and Broomstick
TJ at My Book Strings:
Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon
Amanda at Simpler Pastimes:
Beauty and Other Variations on La Belle et la Bête
Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals (Charles Perrault Fairy Tales)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Participants:
Cirtnecce @ Mockingbirds, Looking Glasses and Prejudices
Amanda @ Simpler Pastimes
Please let me know if I’ve missed your post!
It’s here, time for discussion of our thoughts on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! If you’ve never read Alice before (or are more familiar with any of the several film adaptations), was there anything that surprised you? Did you feel as lost as Alice? What just is this book about? Leave links to your posts in the comments, or feel free to discuss below.
Is there any essential connection between children and fairy-stories? Is there any call for comment, if an adult reads them for himself? Reads them as tales, that is, not studies them as curios. (J.R.R. Tolkien, “On Fairy-stories”, paragraph 42)
Today marks the first day of the 2016 Classic Children’s Literature Event! I hope for a fun month of revisiting old favorites and meeting new ones, and for plenty of great discussion about children’s classics both well known and nearly forgotten.
Starting today, the Event Logo at the top right of the blog will link to this page, which will be the link page for the event. (And this post should also be a “sticky” post at the top of the blog.) Please use the comments below to link to your posts for this month. This will make it easier to for everyone to find each other’s posts! There will be a separate page for the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland readalong which will go live nearer to the discussion weekend. At the end of the month–and half-way through if there are enough posts to warrant it–I will round up all the links onto one post for ease of discover.
As I said before, I’m not too fussy about the particulars for this event–as long as it’s still April it’s never too late to join!
(If you really want more guidelines check the Introductory Post. If you need reading ideas please see 2013’s suggestions list or 2014’s.)
I’ve been more absent from here lately than I’d like–it seems like February is just a month that I don’t get along with. But now it’s March, the sun is shinning (and it’s supposed to be half-way warm this week!), and that means the 5th edition of the Classic Children’s Literature Event is just around the corner: April–less than a month away! I can’t believe this is the 5th year.
As in years past, I will be reading an optional readalong title. I really waffled over what to pick this year, but finally opted for one of the runners up from last year’s poll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s been many, many years since I last/first read this–I believe in fourth grade, so I don’t remember it all that well other than that’s is odd, something that must surely appeal to many, as evidenced by the recent movie adaptations (confession: I haven’t actually seen them). Although I have an illustrated version that also contains Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, I decided to pick up The Annotated Alice from the library. Still a coin toss as to which book I’ll read from.
- During the month of April, read as many Children’s Classics as you wish and post about them on your blog and/or leave a comment on the event page on this blog. I will have a link page starting the first of April to gather posts so that we may share as we go.
- The optional RAL title: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. (Optional: also read Through the Looking-Glass. I’m guessing I won’t get through both.) I plan on discussion the weekend of April 21-23.
- I’m not going to be the “children’s classics” police. Use your own judgement for what fits the category but if you want some guidelines, these are what I’m going by:
- I think many of us have read more recent children’s books that we may already deem “classics” (for example, many people feel that way about the Harry Potter books), but for this event, I’d prefer if we read books that were written prior to 1967. This will still allow a lot of options, and will hopefully avoid the “but what is a classic” dilemma! (And yes, 1967 is rather arbitrary. Rebel if you wish, but 50 years old seems a good age.)
- Defining “children’s,” especially prior to 1900 or so can be a challenge as some books we think of as “children’s” today may not have been intended that way at the time. Personally, I’d say books appropriate for approximately an elementary-school aged child or preteen (to read or to have read to them) should be fine. I’d personally also count the various fairy tales, even though some of the earliest versions were not exactly family friendly.
- Feel free to include books from any country, in translation or not. I have limited exposure to non-American children’s lit, so I’d love to learn about books from other countries myself.
- Feel free to double up with other events or challenges if you wish.
- And if you need ideas I posted
- There is no deadline for joining or participating (other than, of course, the end of April).
Most important: Have fun!
Please let me–and other participants–know in the comments of this post if you are interested in participating, and let me know if you have any questions. Also, please feel free to use any of the event/RAL images on your own blogs.
Image sources: The event logo illustration is “Merry Christmas” from The Way to Wonderland (1917, Mary Stewart), illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith (1863-1935). The RAL logo illustration is from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865, Lewis Carroll), 1907 edition illustrated by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939).
Happy Valentines Day!
I’ve long had pleasent memories associated with Valentines Day, although these are the memories of childhood rather than more mature associations. My mom would always–still does, actually–make frosted heart cookies, double stacked–yummy! My brother and I could always, growing up, count on a chocolate heart or a small bundle of wrapped chocolates from the local candy shop. And for several years, a new paperback as well. I still have my first copy of Pride and Prejudice, which arrived on Valentines of 8th grade. (Though it is considerably more visably battered now.) Before that, it was always a YA or Middle Grade book, almost always award winning. My mom has good taste.
So it shouldn’t be any surprise that on Valentines Day, my thoughts always turn to favorite books. This year I’ve been thinking about the upcoming Classic Children’s Literature Event (April! Just around the corner…), and when not panicked about getting my act together to get ready, I’ve been musing over what to suggest as a readalong title. And I must admit, nothing in particular is really calling to me this year. Sure, I have a great long list (and if pressed today, I would say the Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, which have the advantage of being available in an English translation online), but I just haven’t settled on the right book. So I’m throwing it open to suggestions: is there a children’s classic (at least 50 years old, please) that you would love to read–either for the first time, or revisiting–this year? I’ll take suggestions until the end of the month and announce the RAL title at the start of March.
It’s here, time for discussion of our thoughts on Erich Kästner’s Emil and the Detectives! Leave links to your posts in the comments, or feel free to discuss below.
If you’ve never read Emil and the Detectives before, was there anything that surprised you? How does it compare to other children’s mystery-adventure stories you’ve read?
What a difference a week makes! Where just a week ago we were (alas) cover by a light blanket of snow, this week the flowers have rebounded as if the cold weather never happened. They might look delicate, but the early spring blooms are hardy. (And the temperature is nice and warm too – the weather’s always a roller-coaster around here…)
Friday marked the halfway point for the Classic Children’s Literature Event. Already! A reminder (to myself, if no one else) that this coming weekend, April 22-24, is planned for discussion of Emil and the Detectives. I’ve finished my reading, so just now for the writing. I’ve also finished up another group of Beatrix Potter stories and The Jungle Book; if I’m very well behaved I will post on both this week.
But besides myself there have been plenty of posts for the Event. A round up for the halfway point:
Anastacia from Rambling Reviews:
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Carol from Jouney and Destination:
Sir Nigel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nancy from ipsofactodotme:
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Bunnicula: The Rabbit-Tale Mystery by James and Deborah Howe
Zlateh the Goat by Isaac Bashevis Singer and illustrator Maurice Sendak
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The King of Ireland’s Son by Padraic Colum
Plethora from Plethora of Books:
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson
Tom from Wuthering Expectations:
The Happy Prince and Other Tales and A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde
Peacock Pie by Walter de la Mere
Amanda from Simpler Pastimes:
Beatrix Potter Stories (group 1)
Please let me know if I’ve missed your post! And please don’t forget to add your links to the main post so that we all can shares in each others’ reading experiences.
Happy Reading! There’s still plenty of month left for much more children’s literature.