Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Classics” – and my spin on it is Favourite Children’s Classics. They aren’t listed in any particular order of preference – they’re just books I enjoyed immensly (both as a kid and later in life). Clicking the images will take you to Goodreads.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: this one is just SO PRETTY. I don’t mean the cover, but the story. I reread it recently for an assignment and it confirmed my childhood opinion – I’d recommend it to anyone.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It will always make my top-ten lists, because it’s one of the reasons I read fantasy. I may not like the new movie adaptations much (too bombastic), but I adore the original.
Matilda by Roald Dahl: a perfect mix of mischevous, funny and serious. I know some adults dislike it for its message, but I think Dahl was a genious. Which is why he merits another entry on this list with The Witches, another one of my favourites, though it’s slightly scarier. I think it’s perfect, really.
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. I must have read this one a dozen times when I was a kid. I haven’t reread it as an adult, because I’m afraid of breaking the spell, honestly, but I loved the strong heroine and the setting so much!
The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin: I only read this one later, when I was about 20, I think, but it has swiftly become one of my favourites. The entire Earthsea Cycle is gorgeously written and should be read by any lover of fantasy. I basically worship Le Guin. I even wrote my MA thesis on her novels.
Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren. I have already mentioned my love of all things Lindgren here on the blog, and Ronia shares the top spot with The Brothers Lionheart. She’s all a children’s heroine should be, I think, running around the forest, taming horses and learning how to get through the rough patches in life. I can’t wait for my kid to read this one!
And finally: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, which I’ve read more times than I can count, both in the original and the Slovenian translation. I know it’s essentially not a children’s book, what with the fairly complicated philosophy, but I think readers of all ages can find something to relate to here.
These are my top ten children’s classics – what are yours?
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I have to admit I’ve met quite some classics that I didn’t particularly like (especially when I (re)read them recently): The Wind in the Willows made me want to pull my teeth out, Alice in Wonderland has been used and abused so many times it’s lost its charm, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe made me cringe with the pushy ideology and I almost perished from boredom when reading Little Women. Do you hate any books you were supposed to love? I’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesistate to comment – and leave links to your Top Ten posts if you participated!