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Initial post: 2 Aug 2010 22:46:58 BDT
Not too many years ago my son read Stig of the Dump in primary school. As I also experienced this book as a classs reader many years ago, it set me wondering which other books have stood the test of time. Have your children read any of the books you too read at school?

Posted on 2 Aug 2010 23:05:08 BDT
magpie says:
millie mollie mandy is till around!
also enid blyton still popular
the borrowers by mary Norton- oh i love those stories as did my kids.
Whatever happened to professor Brainstawm?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2010 23:13:44 BDT
YES! mILLIE mOLLIE mANDY...can't remember any of the stories but I remember the name. Was she naughty, like Noddy? I always told my children Noddy was the one child we couldn't have for tea as he was SO naughty!!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2010 23:18:34 BDT
Florence43 says:
I read greek myths, which I loved but can't now remember. I vaguely remember something to do with an owl (it's probably viewed as a classic!). The C.S. Lewis books, which probably didn't manage to get their christian message across at the time. But the most beloved are the winnie-the-pooh books (tiddly pom) and Roald Dahl, especially georges marvellous medicine and the BFG. And before you laugh about the pooh books let me point out that A.A. milne was way ahead of his time. Pooh gets stuck in rabbits hole - obesity crisis. the Expedition to the north pole - get some excercise. The day the floods came - global warming. Tigger arrives - immigration. Eeyore's house at pooh corner made of sticks - current housing standards. Eeyore - Gordon Brown. And the preoccupation with honey bees that are now almost extinct. Forget Nostradamus and read Pooh.

I might have got a bit carried away there!

Posted on 2 Aug 2010 23:36:08 BDT
VCBF (Val) says:
Florence43: Was the owl one The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson?

I like your description of "The House at Pooh Corner" as a modern allegory.

Posted on 2 Aug 2010 23:38:49 BDT
Florence43 says:
Probably was Val.

Posted on 2 Aug 2010 23:57:29 BDT
VCBF (Val) says:
I shared quite a few children's books with my daughters, including those by Jill Tomlinson, Roald Dahl, C S Lewis, Rudyard Kipling, Beatrix Potter and a few of Enid Blyton's.
The cats didn't appreciate being dressed in doll's clothes in the Beatrix Potter phase and we did refer to pasta as tapeworm (tagliatelle) or roundworm (spaghetti) in our house for several years after "The Twits", but apart from that I don't think the girls suffered any harm from reading old (classic?) children's books.
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Posted on 3 Aug 2010 08:54:59 BDT
S Riaz says:
My kids love Milly Molly Mandy, My Naughty Little Sister, E Nesbit, Malcolm Saville, Enid Blyton, etc. There are a lot of great new kids fiction out, but the old ones are worth keeping for sure. I cannot imagine childhood without Shirley Hughes and Alfie! My daughter is also a big fan of Orlando the marmalade cat. Not very PC, but it doesn't bother me.

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 09:22:22 BDT
i am 70 this year,and my favourite childrens books are still Milly Molly Mandy, a little while ago i was able to buy 2 boxed sets of her,and read them again from cover to cover, i am now reading them to my grandson who is 5, and is so taken with them he went into school recently and stood up in front of the class to tell everybody about her

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 09:37:20 BDT
M. Dowden says:
I can't really remember what we read in class all those years ago, but I remember the headmistress read to us Greek myths and Roald Dahl's adult stories in Assembly.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2010 10:36:47 BDT
Furny says:
My little one picked up Meg & Mog (about a witch & her cat) the other day in the library, it made me smile, brought back memories.

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 11:21:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Aug 2010 11:22:45 BDT
Jen Errik says:
My eldest loved Milly Molly Mandy when she was tiny. And she was really taken by the story where Milly Molly Mandy makes a lovely tea cosy for her mum out of scraps of material. So, I'm up bathing the baby, and my dh is looking after her (she'd have been just about 3) and she goes upstairs: he assumes she's with me & baby, while I'm still assuming she's downstairs with him. Some time later, we open our big cupboard, to find her sitting with her grandma's sewing scissors - she's worked her way through all our clothes, snipping out a neat 2 inch square out of every hem or sleeve in turn. And she's so excited and happy, and she knows we're going to be so thrilled, because this is going to be such a lovely tea cosy...

(I still slightly weep for my going-away outfit.)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2010 11:45:31 BDT
i remember meg and mog too!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2010 12:18:39 BDT
VCBF (Val) says:
Oh Jen! (small involuntary scream as I imagine it.)
I suppose you can be thankful that she knew how to use scissors safely and didn't hurt herself, but it must have been very difficult to feel that at the time.

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 12:18:49 BDT
claretails says:
I can't really remember the books that we read in primary school but I remember collecting all the Mr Men books, my mom would have to buy one for me everytime we went food shopping. They have now been passed to my own children, Mr Forgetful still makes me laugh.

When I was a bit older it was Enid Blyton, I loved the Mallory Towers series that had been passed to me from my mom. Also Roald Dahl, in particular Witches which we did read at school.

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 12:52:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Aug 2010 12:52:30 BDT
Basically anything by Roald Dahl, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Stig of the Dump, Grinny, The Demon Headmaster, The Moomins, Spot the Dog, Mr Majeika, Moonfleet, The Silver Sword, Chess with a Dragon...The Worst Witch series.

Happy memories of the Puffin books in school promotion. (Do they still do it now?)

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 13:50:47 BDT
Roald Dahl books must be read to all children, it should be a law! I remember being 7 and our teacher was reading the BFG, and every single one of us giggling like mad when she said 'catypiddlers'! We read Stig of the Dump too, and we went to see the play at the theatre - excellent! "Jam jars!" became a catchphrase for a while!

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 15:29:24 BDT
Anyone remember Beacon Books? They looked ancient even then and my friends who went to a different school had Janet and John. The Beacon Books were numbered 1 to 7 (or possibly 9) and I remember one of them had the story of Rumpelstilskin. After that it becomes a bit of a blur as I joined the Children's Library and read all sorts of things, including the inevitable Enid Blyton (Famous Five).

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2010 15:33:43 BDT
Florence43 says:
And - it's suddenly come to me - the village with three corners. Roger red hat, billy blue hat and johnny and jennifer yellow hat. No allegories there - who lives in a village with three corners, no pub, no church no memorial hall?

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 15:45:05 BDT
I used to love the little vampire series I dont suppose they would stand up to the twilight series now though. My eldest picked up Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake in the library the other day, I loved that book as a kid and had totally forgotten about it until that moment Sam did not seem as impressed with it as I was.

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 17:52:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Aug 2010 17:54:09 BDT
dreamweaver says:
As a child of the early 60's I loved the Jennings books by Anthony Buckeridge and every week would travel to the library in the next town to borrow one. My friends used to gather round after school while I read to them . I dont know how old the books were but they were all a bit dog-eared and the hardcovers quite creased. But I never tired of them. I recently found a set of 3 paperbacks which I passed on to my young grandson.He loves them. Helenm.

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 18:46:22 BDT
magpie says:
I used to live in a street called "Three Corners"! Nothing at all magical about it though

Just ordered Milly Molly Mandy to read to my Goddaughter. What about Mrs Pepperpot?

Ahhhh, reminiscence.....

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 20:07:51 BDT
Lynne Hawkes says:
I loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming. I remember being so excited when Mum took me to see the film and coming out so disapointed 'cos the film is nothing like the book apart from the car.

Posted on 3 Aug 2010 21:23:26 BDT
Nobody Fair says:
I read the lord of the rings when I was in yr 5 (I am fifteen now), all adults I say this to look at me like a loony. it seems please mrs butler was popular And any roald dahl book

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2010 21:27:56 BDT
Florence43 says:
The jolly postman - so many letters to open and read.
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