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Saturday, July 02, 2005

KnitFlame is having its semi-annual discussion of great kids books, so I'd better start listing the recommendations so I can delete this pile-up of posts.

Patrick Dennis books - anything from The Joyous Season to Little Me (a VERY
subversive book for an 8 year old)

English authors Constance Savery (particularly *Enemy Brother*) Enid Blyton, Noel Streatfeild, Mabel Allen. Rumer Godden's dollbooks--Holly and Ivy, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, Little Plum. Elizabeth Goudge's *The Little White Horse* and *The Blue Hills.*
Of course, one of the greatest of British authors of children's lit was E. Nesbit--*The Railway Children,* the Bastable children in *Five Children and It,* The Phoenix and the Carpet,* *The Story of the Amulet,* and her stories about the Ardens.
I second the motion on Anne of Green Gables. I searched for years before I found a copy of the final one, *Rilla of Ingleside.*

In the US-- Janet Lambert's books about military families, particularly the Parrishes. Gladys Malvern's books about famous women. Elizabeth Enright's books about the Melendy family, one of which was *The Four Story Mistake.*Edward Somebody wrote a few books about children who encountered magic. The one I recall was *Half Magic* where whatever they wished for only half came true, and all of the characters from *Ivanhoe* came to life.

I read the Streatfield shoe books and loved them, but they might be too girly for a boy. Zilpha Keatley Snyder writes fantasy books he might like; my favorites are called "Below The Root", "And All Between", and "Until The Celebration"

.: posted by erica 12:26 PM

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