Blood Feud by Rosemary Sutcliff (1976)

Rosemary Sutcliff is considered to be one of the finest writers of historical novels for children but her writing is appealing for adult readers as well. As she herself said, “I write for children aged 8 to 88.” This ability to appeal to a wide age range is obvious in Blood Feud. I was listening … Continue reading Blood Feud by Rosemary Sutcliff (1976)

Back to the Classics: Linnets & Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge (1964)

  I had a mixed reaction to Linnets & Valerians, a children’s book by Elizabeth Goudge which was published in 1964. On the one hand, most of the characters in this book are attractive, well portrayed, and interesting. The storyline is involved and has plenty of appeal also but I was uncomfortable with how Goudge … Continue reading Back to the Classics: Linnets & Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge (1964)

Classic Children's Literature Event 2017: My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara (1941)

  My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara has sat unread on our bookshelf for nearly twelve years since I first found it in a secondhand book store and recognised the title as being a Children's Classic, but not knowing much else about it. I decided to read it for the Children's Classic Literature Event this … Continue reading Classic Children's Literature Event 2017: My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara (1941)

Classic Children's Literature Event

    This event is in its fifth year and this is the third year I've participated in it. It's only a month long and there is also an optional read along - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. See Simpler Pastimes for more information.This year I'm planning to read these books: My Friend Flicka by Mary … Continue reading Classic Children's Literature Event

Golden Fiddles by Mary Grant Bruce (1928)

Mary Grant Bruce is mostly known as the author of the Billabong books but she also wrote a number of other books. Golden Fiddles is one of these and is a stand alone book that tells the story of the Balfour family - Mr and Mrs Balfour and their four children, Kitty, Norman, Elsa and … Continue reading Golden Fiddles by Mary Grant Bruce (1928)

Bambi: a Life in the Woods by Felix Salten (1869-1945)

Bambi is the life study of a forest deer who begins his life under the care of his doting mother, happy and carefree, and surrounded by the other forest animals. One day his mother disappears for a while and for the first time he finds himself alone. He wanders around troubled and in despair. In … Continue reading Bambi: a Life in the Woods by Felix Salten (1869-1945)