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#1 of 13 Old 03-19-2007, 03:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm already thinking about our summer reading log (thru our local library...a big hit every year) and I would like to do all classic children's stories/books with ds this summer. I was quite dismayed the other day when he was completely stumped when I referred to the dish having run away with the spoon.

So....give me your best CLASSIC stories and books. I'll be making my list :

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I'm not sure if these are the type of book you want but when I was a child around 7 perhaps, I received a set of paperbacks with classic stories, one of the best gifts I ever received.

These are some of the books I can remember from the set.

The Wizard of Oz
Black Beauty
The Waterbabies
A Little Princess
Huckleberry Finn
Tom Brown's Schooldays
Aesops fables
Lorna Doone
The Railway Children
Little Women
A book of children's short stories by Oscar Wilde
Children of the New Forest
The Jungle Book
What Katy Did.
Peter Pan
Anne of Green Gables
Swiss Family Robinson
White Fang
Call of the wild
The Secret Garden
Heidi
Kidnapped
The 39 Steps
Treasure Island

I'll second the Indian in the Cupboard series I loved those.
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A couple of books we have enjoyed as read alouds recently, Animal Family by Randall Jarrell (illustrated by Maurice Sendak) and The Indian in the Cupboard.

We also love the Elsa Beskow books (classics in my mind ), Little Women, The Secret Garden and many others.

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I'll add:
Bridge to Terabitha
the Neverending Story
Winnie-the-pooh
Stuart Little
Charlotte's Web
The Trumpet of the Swan
the little house series
Heidi

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We like Raggedy Ann and Andy for read-aloud stories and Winnie the Pooh.
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Wind in the willows
Rutabaga stories
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Little Women was my fav when I was a little girl
Chronicles of Narnia
The Hobbit.
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Moomintroll books
Swallows and Amazons
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We love singing/saying Mother Goose rhymes (even though some of them are really silly!). I also liked reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to my son because I could explain the racism of that time period to him. I, of course, will have to explain it all to him again later. He was only 3 months old when we read it. I figure it's never too early to start encouraging your child to meet a higher standard of kindness towards others.

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Any recommendation on story/nursery rhyme collections? Great ideas so far!

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There are so many good nursery rhyme collections -- I'd just look for one with illustrations you like! We have the Sylvia Long Mother Goose, and it's beatiful.

For story collections -- I like the Gustaff Tenggren Golden Tales from the Arabian Nights, although it's only 10 stories. I'd also find something with Robin Hood/Knights of the Round Table, a good Greek mythology compilation, and some of the Andrew Lang fairy books. Those are especially good because they include stories from around the world -- not just Western Europe. If he has particular cultures he's interested in, there are lots of anthologies of all Native American stories, or all Japanese, or all Indian, or Welsh or Norse or ...
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Don't forget mythology! Those are pretty "classic". D'Aulaires Book of greek Myths is wonderful.
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