Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 21, 2011

Children’s Classics, Part 5: Fiction [continued]

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Then she slipped through the door, and shut it behind her, breathing quite fast with excitement, and wonder, and delight. She was standing inside the secret garden.”

First published in 1909, THE SECRET GARDEN has entranced readers with the courage and strength of two unhappy and withered children who become determined to make their lives and the lives of others around them more joyful.                     [J BURNETT]

Sounder by William H. Armstrong

“Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.”                          1970 Newbery Medal winner                       [J ARMSTRONG]

The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White

“An old wizard named Merlyn takes care of a curious young boy named Wart and transforms him into Arthur, the future king of Britain, in a beautiful new edition of the classic tale.”                           [J WHITE]

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Robert Louis Stevenson’s cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship’s crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver.

“Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.”         [J STEVENSON]

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

“The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.”                                               [J BABBITT]

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

“A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart’s desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.”                       [J RAWLS]

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

“Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale of the pleasures of country life and the dependability of good friends will never grow old. Here are impulsive dear Mole, rash Mr. Toad, reclusive Badger, and sensible Rat, so happy just ‘messing around in boats.’ And here are the most treasured moments from THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS – Mole’s first enraptured row on the river, Toad’s irrepressible adventures in and out of automobiles, and many more.”              [J GRAHAME]

Winnie The Pooh by A.A Milne

“Christopher Robin and his animals have one adventure after another — everything from filching honey from the angry bees to welcoming Tigger (a very bouncy animal), consoling Eeyore (the gloomy donkey), enduring a flood, and seeking out the South Pole. Everything is related in childlike terms, including bursts of poetry, rudimentary logic, and a great deal of remarkably in-depth character study.” A great read for all ages.                  [J MILNE]

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

“Kit Tyler must leave behind shimmering Caribbean islands to join the stern Puritan community of her relatives. She soon feels caged, until she meets the old woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. But when their friendship is discovered, Kit herself is accused of witchcraft!”                                                           1959 Newbery Medal winner                       [J SPEARE]

The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Leguin

“Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.”       [J LE GUIN]

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

“L. Frank Baum’s timeless classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the first uniquely American fairy tale.

“After being transported by a cyclone to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help her return home to Kansas.”                 [J BAUM]

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

“It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”

“A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time.”

1963 Newbery Medal winner                        [J L’ENGLE]

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about these wonderful books. Now, I hope you will read the books!  Enjoy!

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One response to “Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 21, 2011

  1. I have the Wind in the Willows, A Wrinkle in Time and Treasure Island on my Kindle waiting for me to read them afterI get done The Merry Adventured of Ribon Hood. I think I’ll have to get Sounder and The Sword in the Stone too! Already read the Wizard of Oz. I think kids should read more classic books like these! Thank you for the suggestions!

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