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What was your favorite book as a kid?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 1, 2013

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“‘The Penderwicks’ (by Jeanne Birdsall). I have sisters and it’s about four sisters. It’s sweet, it’s simple, it’s kind.”

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“I think my favorite was those ‘Eyewitness’ books.”

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“‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar,’ basically Eric Carle books.”

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make_a_difference 4 years, 9 months ago

Beautiful Joe - Margaret Marshall Saunders

Published in 1893 and based on a true story. It's the story of a dog rescued from extreme & cruel abuse by a loving family. It's told from the narrative of the dog. Interestingly done. Ms Saunders wrote it as a story for a Humane Society contest; which it won & was published the following year as a novel. It received world wide attention...and this was in the late 1890s.

The Little House on the Prairie series - Laura Ingalls Wilder

There was another which I read multiple times & somehow never committed the title to memory. Just don't know how that can possibly be, but it is! The story of a woman named Polly traveling with a wagon train (west?) as an independant person. Dressed in the clothing of a man; riding astride a horse, etc. Not acceptable behavior for a female at that time. I have tried several times to track this book down, but no luck. How I ever read this (multiple times!) & don't know the title is beyond me. I would blame the fact that I was 8-10 years old, but I read the other two around the same time.

bevy 4 years, 9 months ago

I started a level below you, with The Bobbsey Twins, then Encyclopedia Brown, Hardy Boys, and then on to Agatha Christie. Still reading every mystery I can get my hands on!

Pete Kennamore 4 years, 9 months ago

+1 for Call of the Wild "As you love me Buck, as you love me"

Thinking_Out_Loud 4 years, 9 months ago

Which book probably would have been less acclaimed had it been published under Tolstoy's working title, "War, What Is It Good For?"

Sheryl Wiggins 4 years, 9 months ago

'Little House on the Prairie' trilogy 'Trixie Belden' series 'Hardy Boys' and to a lesser degree' Nancy Drew' and my Mom's oldy 'bobbsey Twin' books.

bevy 4 years, 9 months ago

Finn, if you think the Little House books are a trilogy - are you in for a treat! There are something like 8 titles in that series. Go back and read the rest. (I just re-read them all.)

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

Trixie Belden!!! Those were my favorites. I had a fourth grade teacher who read the Little House on the Prairie books to us right after lunch. It was great!

Terry Sexton 4 years, 9 months ago

I liked all of the Seuss books as a little guy. When I was about 12 I got ahold of Arthur Hailey's "Airport" & thought I was ever so worldly & sophisticated.

George_Braziller 4 years, 9 months ago

I discovered the Hardy Boys series one summer when I was about ten. I'd go to our tiny public library and check out four or five at a time. When I'd get to the end of one book I'd put it down, pick up another, and start on it.

Adrian Turner 4 years, 9 months ago

I too enjoyed Encyclopedia Brown, but graduated to novels like; The Deep Blue Goodbye, Nightmare in Pink, Bright Orange for the Shroud , A Deadly Shade of Gold and so on.

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 9 months ago

I loved Travis McGee, Also Agatha Christie, and so many others. I was lucky enough to live where there was a weeping willow by a stream and summers I would sit under the tree on the grass with my dog Spot and read until I fell asleep. It was on our property down in the hill country. Back then each new day was wonderful and glorious.

I was a tomboy and tracked though the woods and gullies with my faithful companion, Spot and carried a homemade bow and arrow. Those were the days.

By the way, Stephen King read John D. McDonald when he was growing up. Oh, and Max Brand, I forgot about him and Louis L'Amour.

George_Braziller 4 years, 9 months ago

I loved Agatha Christie as well. Read those all through junior high and high school.

seagull 4 years, 9 months ago

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Bobsey Twins Nancy Drew

Maddy Griffin 4 years, 9 months ago

Yertl the Turtle and Other Stories- Dr. Seuss

Jay Keffer 4 years, 9 months ago

"The Mad Scientist Club". Inspired many of my own experiments and adventures..

Also devoured the Hardy Boys books, and my brother's Tom Swift books.

Good stuff.

verity 4 years, 9 months ago

"Cheaper by the Dozen"

"Rabbit Hill"---I think it's time to read it again.

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