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Books you read in primary school

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Posted on 9 Mar 2011, 21:51:41 GMT
shell says:
i used to love the Mrs Pepperpot books in primary school and my favourite secondary school book was To Kill a Mockingbird.

Posted on 9 Mar 2011, 23:03:02 GMT
Whs McIntyre says:
'Little Black Sambo' :/

Posted on 10 Mar 2011, 18:48:29 GMT
Mrs Pisaroni says:
The Family From One End Street' and 'The Further Adventures of the Family From One End Street' by Eve Garnett, a series of mystery type books with a white alsatian possibly called Skipper??, Silver Brumby books, Mallory Towers and St Clare's series by Enid Blyton.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2011, 23:43:58 GMT
VCBF (Val) says:
When was that book taken out of schools and public libraries?

Posted on 12 Mar 2011, 20:50:29 GMT
Cheddarwasp says:
FLAT STANLEY was a favourite. But mostly JENNINGS and BOBBY BREWSTER books, with a side of THE SECRET SEVEN hold the cress!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2012, 02:17:12 GMT
Laurie says:
Would happen to know the title and/or author of the book of bedtime stories you mentioned? I too remember being read the stories about the Piggymossum and wanted to find it for my grandchildren. I have searched online for it but have no luck except for your post.

Posted on 12 Feb 2012, 15:23:37 GMT
T. F. White says:
" Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder was the book from primary school that started my lifelong love of reading.It was read to us every afternoon by a student teacher, and I could not wait until the next day for the following chapter. When she had completed reading the whole book to us, I started saving my weekly spending money and bought the complete series of "Little House" books.A wonderful collection of true stories from many years ago.

Posted on 12 Feb 2012, 16:07:14 GMT
Ceredigion says:
It has to be The Very Hungry Caterpillar - I loved this book in primary school. My father read all the Moomin books to us and did all the voices!

Posted on 12 Feb 2012, 18:07:59 GMT
L. Hurley says:
I remember being read books about three pirates and a griffin, that happened in school I think and I loved them. For myself, I loved reading Swallows and Amazons, Anne of Green Gables and all Malcolm Saville's lone pine books ..................oh the joy!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2012, 19:31:12 GMT
They're still for sale in Waterstones

Posted on 18 Feb 2012, 21:32:21 GMT
I loved Black Beauty. When I was about 10 I found it on the primary school book shelf and read it; and read it again and again and again.Black Beauty
We also used to have stories read to us like The Invisible Man The Invisible Man (Penguin Classics).

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2012, 00:09:15 GMT
I. rees says:
Yes when I read the topic stig of the dumo was the first one that came to mind. I suspect that it is the name rather than the story that stuck in my mind for 35 years though.

Posted on 19 Feb 2012, 13:01:40 GMT
J. Young says:
I loved mysteries so the Bobbsey Twins, Famous Five, Secret Seven were all favourites - oh and the Lone Pine series. The Drina Dances series, wow how she travelled and what a lucky girl to be so feted! Heidi, Heidi grows Up and Heidi's Children - great. My favourite "teenage" book was Fifteen by Beverly Clearly.
My own children (now 29 and 34) loved My Naughty Little Sister, Peepo, Each Peach Pear Plum (I can still recite it by heart), Dogger and Winnie the Pooh. My son's particular favourite was Danny Champion of the World (the film was great too).
Whilst teaching I found books like The Silver Sword, The Machine Gunners and all the Roald Dahl.

Posted on 20 Feb 2012, 09:41:04 GMT
F Mundo says:
When I was a kid, I really liked Encyclopedia Brown. Anyone remember him? He was a boy detective with a series of books of mysteries he solved with his friend Sally I think. I also liked the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. At the end of each chapter, you had to make a choice about what should happen next, and it would tell you which page to read next to continue the action and make another choice. There were several ways to "finish" the book. I remember really enjoying those books for hours and hours.

Posted on 21 Feb 2012, 02:49:16 GMT
kittycat2000 says:
One book we read in primary school wasIn a Blue Velvet Dress (Young Childrens Fiction) by a local author Martin Waddell aka Catherine Sefton about a little girl who has to stay in a house with no books and a ghost girl who leaves books for her every night. It was my favourite book for years and when I bought it recently for my 8 year old niece, she loved it just as much. It doesn't seem to be available on kindle but can still be found in paperback. It's really worth a read at any age.

Posted on 21 Feb 2012, 05:05:52 GMT
Such memories:) I loved a book, I think it was American, called something like "a lakeful of magic". And EVERYTHING by Enid Blyton. Passed them all on to my daughter now, and I still pick them up for a read occasionally. I hate it when they alter them for PC reasons - ie in the Mallory Towers series, instead of Darrell slapping Gwen, she shouts at her instead; and in the St Clare's series, they call Carlotta a "regular little tornado" instead of "regular little gypsy"!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2012, 22:39:08 GMT
Rowena says:
Wow, this thread brings back some memories!

Too many books to mention, as I would read anything I could get my hands on when I was primary school age, but ones that stick in the head are:

Enid Blyton (Famous Five & Secret Seven, but also liked the short story collections and loved a book called The Secret of Moon Castle)
Lord of the Rings
Mrs Pepperpot
The Wizard of Boland by BB (recently found The Little Grey Men by the same author in a charity shop, and looking forward to reading it!)
Roald Dahl
The Cats of Seroster by Robert Westall
Nancy Drew
the Fighting Fantasy books (a cross between choose-your-own adventure books and a role-play game)
The Animals of Farthing Wood
Watership Down
5 Children & It
Stig of the Dump
The Borrowers
Dick King Smith

I really want to re-read some Enid Blyton now :)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2012, 22:55:33 GMT
SX Woman says:
I don't think she was naughty. I felt sorry for, because all her dresses looked the same. Pink and white stripes.

Posted on 24 Feb 2012, 23:15:04 GMT
SX Woman says:
I can remember starting a new school, half way through the year, when I was 8. One afternoon a week, our teacher read to us. She was reading one of Hugh Lofting's Dr Doolittle books. I was hooked! Later, I went on to read them all. I think I liked Polynesia the parrot, and Cheapside the sparrow best.
Many years later, I had pet guinea pigs. One day, when I took them to the vet, to get their nails clipped, I noticed a pheasant in the car park. I joked to another client, maybe the vet was Doctor Dolittle.

Posted on 26 Feb 2012, 00:11:55 GMT
Does anyone remember The Family at One End Street? I loved these books. I loved the line drawings which illustrated the text. I loved everything about them.

Posted on 26 Feb 2012, 10:46:53 GMT
I don't remember all the books I read in primary school. I do particularly remember reading:

- The Iliad (it must have been an 'easy' edition - I'm not going to pretend that I was reading the full-blown version, and it most certainly wasn't in Greek)
- The Jungle Books
- Everything by Rosemary Sutcliffe
- Everything by Roger Lancelyn Green
- Tales of the Greek Heroes (Charles Kingsley)
- Biggles
- James Bond
- All the books by Willard Price
- Rider Haggard (Everything, not just "King Solomon's Mines" and "She")
- Alan Garner ("Elidor", "Weirdstone of Brasingamen")
- Henry Treece
- Geoffrey Trease

One tends to see a pattern - with a few exceptions, they were all historical novels, or mythology. I didn't really read anything else (never touched Enid Blyton, for example). A little later I got into fantasy literature, but I would say that I was in secondary school by the time I started on:

- Tolkien
- R.E. Howard
- More Rider Haggard!

etc, etc.

Now, funnily enough, I'm a History teacher, and I write fantasy novels. I don't think there's been much variation in my interests! LOL!

Posted on 26 Feb 2012, 14:02:14 GMT
Mr. B. says:
I can remember the Janet and John series which we all read. A book I remember the title but not what happened was a book called Days in The Sun, we also read Enid Blyton and I remember being spell bound by The Railway Children. Memories oh such beautiful memories.

Posted on 26 Feb 2012, 17:09:01 GMT
Raggydoll says:
Alice in wonderland & Through the looking glass, all the Enid Blyton books, also there was a very old book, it was a big thing, like an annual, it was called 'Number 13 Joy street' there were stories and pictures by Hans Christian Anderson, etc etc.
My favourite story of all time is The Snow Queen.
Both my daughters love reading too, they were both brought up with Ladybird books, 'Gingers Adventures' & 'The elves & the shoemaker' were firm favourites.

Posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:56:22 BST
My dad always insisted we read every night before bed and we couldn't go on holiday to our grandparents' houses without bringing a stack of books so I read far more books before the age of 10 than i could put here - but some of my favourites were all about animals - The Black Stallion books by Walter Farley and any books on horses i could get my hands on. I read a lot of classics from my dad's shelf - I read Ivanhoe at age 9. When i was 7 I was poking around in an old abandoned barn and found a couple of books that the owner said i could keep; one of them was The Long Grass Whispers: A book of African Stories by Geraldine Elliot. I read it til the pages came loose, and can still remember the stories and pictures. I saw a copy at a used book store once and still wish i had bought it.

Posted on 10 Apr 2013, 14:15:34 BST
I can't remember all the books from primary school but a few do stick out.

Goodnight Mr Tom - still think this is an amazing book
The ghost of Jeremy Visic - loved this one too but think it is now out of print
Stig of the Dump
Danny the champion of the world
Carries war
Charlottes web

Also remember learning to read with the Roger red hat, billy blue hat etc books. :))
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