Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Classic Children’s Stories

The comments I received yesterday from my post explaining how my collection of
Teddy Bears started, all said it was a very nice story.
This had me thinking about my favourite classic children’s stories that have carried on through the generations.
These were the books that I read to my children when they were young and that I now read to my grandsons when they are visiting.
Of course, everyone knows from reading my post from
ABC Wednesday-W , that the first classic I would choose
is "Winnie-the-Pooh" written by A.A. Milne and
illustrated by E.H. Shepard.
The first publication of this novel was in 1926.
Isadora from Budapest Daily Photo reminded me
of another classic children’s tale.
"The Velveteen Rabbit" or * How Toys Become Real *
is a children's novel written by Margery Williams
and illustrated by William Nicholson.
This book was first published in 1922.
It tells the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner.
And then there is the classic “The Tortoise and the Hare,” one of Aesop’s Fables.
The fable is about a hare who one day ridiculed a slow-moving tortoise.
In response, the tortoise challenges the hare to a race.
My next favourite is "The Princess and the Pea" by Hans Christian Anderson.
This story was first published in 1835.
It is a fairy tale about a young woman whose claim to being a real princess is tested by placing a pea under her mattresses.
And finally I would choose “A Child’s Garden of Verses” which is a collection of poetry for children by Robert Louis Stevenson.
It first appeared in 1885 under the title "Penny Whistles."
It contains a collection of 65 poems with verses that are full of irony, wit and the fantasy of childhood imagination, and introduce for the first time the Land of Nod.
I think these five classics should be on the *must-read-list* for every parent and/or grandparent.
Does anyone care to add to the list with some of their favourites?
Bear((( )))


Mental P Mama said...

"Goodnight Moon"
"Are You My Mother?"
"Mike Mulligan and hid Steam Shovel"

But I also love all yours as well;)

Daryl said...

Bear .. if you email me the link to your wordle (fashionistanyc at gmail.com) I will print/scan and send it back to you as a .jpg so you can post it larger sized


Train Wreck said...

Hi just came over from "Dyln" page! Hey do you like bears? Something tells me you like them a little!! LOL! I love all you little furry friends! I especially love the little "Bare naked" one! Too cute!

bikerted said...

Have you tried any of the Paddington Bear stories by Michael Bond?

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

I literally got chills when I saw A Child's Garden of Verses on your list. In fact, the hair on my legs is standing on end (don't ask, haven't shaved today).

Anyway, my mother passed down to me her copy of that book. It is tattered and torn, but the illustrations are incredible - it probably dates back to the 1940s.

As a child I would read them over and over and over again. My favorite (or rather, the first one that pops to my mind) was The Swing. How would you like to go up in a swing, up in the (something) so blue (sky?clouds)?

Thanks for bringing back such fond memories...even if my memory fails me on the details of the poem!

Nancy said...

some of my Favorite Stories were

The Three Little Kittens
The Little Red Hen
The Five Chinese Brothers
The Little Mermaid
LIttle Black Sambo (the whole tiger butter idea fascinated me to no end!)
Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill Stories

I am sure the minute I post this I will think of lots more.

LZ Blogger said...

I think that one of the favorites that we used to read to our kids was "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. I felt it had a real point to it. It reminded me of what it is like to be a parent. You give up a lot... but it makes for a FULL life too and it is worth everything you GIVE! ~ jb///

JeanMac said...

I had forgotten about some of those.

Bear Naked said...

Thanks to everyone for your additions to the list of stories for children.
I love having many different books to read to my grandsons when they visit and now I see I will have to add some others to my library for the grandchildren.

Thanks again.

Bear((( )))

bobbie said...

Another vote for Paddington and one for Mike Mulligan. and I always loved Alice in Wonderland. (I think I loved the illustrations more than the story.) But as a child, I called it "Wonderful land".

Child's Garden of Verses was a favorite too. But always - always - Pooh Bear.

Wendy said...

Anything by Enid Blyton (I'll Tell You a Story, The Peppermint Party, The Queer Adventure, and on and on and on).

Three Little Kittens
The New Baby
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
The Pokey Little Puppy
Little Red Riding Hood (the version when the woodcutter chops the wolf up and frees the grandmother - not the version where the wolf eats everybody)

Dr. Seuss books: Barthomew Cubbins and the Obleck was my favourite.

And tons more I can't think of just now.
oh yeah - tales of the green forest by Thornton W. Burgess.