Question of the Week

What is your favorite book you read as a child?

My absolute favorite book was Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink.  I read it numerous times when I was young, and have read it as an adult.  I know exactly where my copy is sitting (with this cover), and will no doubt read it again.

Not all that long ago I wrote a short paragraph about my love for this book:

“I
have read the 1936 Newberry Award winner by Carol Ryrie Brink again and again
throughout my life.  The first time, I
was thrilled by the stories of Caddie’s adventures on the Wisconsin
frontier.  Caddie didn’t behave like a
proper “lady” and ended up getting herself into all sorts of trouble because of
it.  In later readings, I began to see
deeper into her character – her sense of justice and wish to do the right thing
(despite her sometimes mischievous behavior), as well as her resistance of the
gender roles of the time stand out as important messages in the book.  Caddie’s strong character, plus the lessons
she learns from her family and adventures not only make for a good story, but
also provide an example of the importance of caring and social justice that
transcends the decades.”

Our childhood favorites stick with us for good reason – which book is your favorite, and what qualities made it special for you?

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2 responses to “Question of the Week”

  1. Terry says:

    Since I read just about everything that I could get my hands on it's hard to name a favorite. But I have wonderful memories of a book that my teacher read to the class in 3rd grade: Twenty and Ten by Claire Hutchet Bishop. And best of all, I got my own copy for Christmas that year. My first hardcover book. And I still have it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Little Women. I still have my very worn copy and will treasure it always.

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