Thursday 4 November 2010

Story time

I adore reading. There's nothing better than being curled up with a good book and totally and utterly absorbed in another world. The girls love books too. Each and every night we snuggle up and read at least two or three books together. It's very precious time.

One of the things I'm most looking forward to is reading some of the classic books that were read to me as a child. Getting to share the wonderful stories and also getting to re-read them myself. Pure bliss. I hope the girls love them as much as I did.

Oh how I wanted to be Milly Molly Mandy and run around a small village exploring and having fun. I would wish my house had a thatched roof. Then every time I went into the bush, I kept one eye out for gumnut babies, trying to decipher their scrawl on gum trees. Running a little faster past the Big Bad Banskia Men. Roald Dahl was always a favourite – of course – his stories live on in my mind to this day.

What are some of the stories that engaged you as a child? The real classics that live on in your adulthood?


  1. Oh my gosh! A million. A million and one. I read so many books that I truly treasure today and have kept for my own little bump. I loved Enid Blyton, The Muddle-Headed Wombat, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, All the Graeme Base books, Brothers Grimm fairy stories, The Secret Garden, Peter Rabbit... sooo many. So many in fact, the baby's room is more bookcase than room!

  2. I love that my mother kept many of my childhood books that when my children mention a book, i might just have it!! Roald Dahl, he was my favourite. Love Posie

  3. Wind in the Willows, The House at Pooh Corner, The Very Hungry Caterpillar (the first book I remember)....and as I grew older, the books that were always next to my bed were my Animal Encyclopaedia and David Attenborough's Life on Earth. Just like you wanted to be Milly Molly Mandy, I wanted to be Harry Butler or David Attenborough. :)

  4. The Magic Faraway Tree - the ultimate fantasy for a child. xx

  5. My Grandmother read Milly-Molly-Mandy to my Mum. Who, in turn read the stories to me. And I now read them to my children.

    (I also was lucky to grow up in that kind of village....)

    Olivia (aged 6) is currently engrossed, utterly engrossed, in the Mallory Towers serires. And I am right there with her.....


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