Saturday, 6 August 2016

More Classics for Children

I read voraciously during the June holidays since I had less to think about then. I reread Anne of Green Gables and Little Women and read A Girl of the Limberlost for the first time and was so immersed in the stories that I finished the books rather quickly. I cannot wait for Little An to grow up and enjoy these books with me. Meanwhile, I share the stories with J in snippets and he always listens attentively, smiles at funny parts and makes a good audience.

And because I really love the stories so much, I cannot help but share them on this blog. :) Here goes:

1) Anne of Green Gables 
By LM Montgomery

I was glad to be reacquainted with Anne of Green Gables. She was a sprightly child with a vivid imagination and I laughed at her wit and use of language many times while reading. It helps that I have visited the place where the story was set and when Anne proclaimed the beauty of Green Gables and Avonlea, I can just imagine the words coming to life. J laughed when I told him that Anne insisted on being called Anne with an e and not Ann without the e, when Anne ended off her first prayer with "Yours sincerely, Anne Shirley" and when Anne made a dramatic apology to her gossipy neighbour who had insensitively criticised her red hair. Despite forever getting into trouble, Anne had many admirable traits (like determination, diligence, honesty and kindness) and I believe readers will be positively impacted by her life. This is a lovely book indeed and I intend to introduce it to Little An when she is around eight years old (I'm not sure if I can wait that long!) 

2) Little Women 
By Louisa May Alcott

In addition to reading the book, I borrowed the DVD from the library, so the story came to life for me. I loved how the four sisters role-played characters from stories they read, how they gave up their possessions to bless those who were more needy and how they always stood up for one another when the need arose. There were squabbles, but kinship always prevailed in the family. I loved the distinct characters of the four sisters, felt their happiness when Beth survived scarlet fever and mourned with them when Beth's health eventually weakened and she succumbed to death. 

3) A Girl of the Limberlost 
By Gene Stratton-Porter 

The girl of the Limberlost is Elnora Comstock. Although her mother was rich, she lived an impoverished life. Her mother treated her badly as she blamed her for her father's death. On Elnora's first day of school, she made a laughing stock of herself with her awkward dressing and for having no books. Elnora impressed by continuing to carry herself well. She sought a good income by selling collections of moths and butterflies and gradually made many good friends. Her knowledge of nature also gave her opportunities to teach at schools. She grew to be a fine beautiful lady, both inwardly and outwardly. Elnora's life is an inspiration to readers. I also admired how Elnora 'tested' a potential suitor and how she behaved respectably where matters of the heart were concerned. It is certainly a book I would like Little An to read when she is a teenager. I mentioned the book to J and he pressed me to tell him the story. I stopped at the romance part and told J that it was perhaps not suitable for him at this moment, but he persisted. I took the opportunity to tell him that I hope he would choose a woman with decorum and wisdom to be his wife rather than one who was only beautiful on the outside. Hee hee.

In a future post, I will share a series of books which has got J mesmerised, so much so that we have made 3 trips to the library in 2 weeks and he was super upset we didn't get to go today. Stay tuned! 

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