It’s a new day in a new year! What a perfect time to read an old classic.
Here are some of my favorites:
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series
“Laura was a spirited and courageous girl from the start, and her life on the frontier was a nonstop adventure. She worked hard helping Ma and Pa in the house, and on the family’s farm, but there was always time for fun — which meant climbing trees, riding horses, sledding, playing with her three sisters, and singing along with Pa’s fiddle.” [J WILDER]
Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
“After the death of her parents, Mary Lennox, a spoiled, sullen young girl, goes to live with her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire moors and discovers a magical world of mystery, friendship, and new life.” [J BURNETT]
Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White
“Charlotte’s Web is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur — and of Wilbur’s dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn.
“With the help of Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to quite a pig.” [J WHITE]
Stuart Little, E. B. White
“Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George and Snowball the cat. Though he’s shy and thoughtful, he’s an adventurous and heroic little mouse. His daring escapades include racing a toy boat in a Central Park pond, retrieving his mother’s ring from a drain, and crawling inside a piano to fix the keys for his brother. When his best friend, a beautiful little bird called Margalo disappears from her nest, Stuart is determined to track her down. He ventures away from home for the very first time in his life and finds himself embroiled in one exciting adventure after another, making new friends and meeting old ones along the way.” [J WHITE]
Rose in Bloom, Louisa May Alcott
“In this sequel to Eight Cousins, Rose Campbell returns to the ‘Aunt Hill’ after two years of traveling around the world. Suddenly, she is surrounded by male admirers, all expecting her to marry them. But before she marries anyone, Rose is determined to establish herself as an independent young woman. Besides, she suspects that some of her friends like her more for her money than for herself.” [J ALCOTT]
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle
“Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil — a journey that threatens their lives and our universe. A Newbery Award winner, A Wrinkle in Time is an iconic novel that continues to inspire millions of fans around the world.” [J L’ENGLE]