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Book #2 for CCLRC: Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (1926)

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Read for the Children's Classic Literature Challenge.
As impossible as it might be to believe, I never read Winnie-the-Pooh as a child. Sometimes I actually have a hard time remembering exactly what I did read  that didn't comprise of The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. However, that is neither here nor there.

There's no need for a summary since practically everyone, whether they've read the books or not, knows the story of Pooh Bear and his friends living in the Hundred-Acre-Wood, and having their adventures with the little boy known as Christopher Robin. What I hadn't expected was the charming prose that Milne employed to tell his story. He's one of those interactive authors, sort of like C. S. Lewis or J. R. R. Tolkien, who occasionally interjects himself into the conversation. As Milne is writing, or telling, this particular story, he has Christopher Robin sitting next to him, listening to the tales, asking questions, and hugging his stuffed bear, Winnie-the-Pooh.

Library Loot - 2nd Week of January

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Yes, I'm on a young adult fiction kick, and really loving it. Not that I have all that much time to read, what with school, but I snatch a few chapters here and there. I really should read that Death in the Air book from last week. I started it, but got distracted by the Classic Children's Lit Challenge that I'm doing. My bad!

New Loot:
Dragon Rider by Cornelia FunkeA Wrinkle in Time by Madelaine L'EngleGuardians of Ga'Hoole: The Capture by Kathryn LaskyWinnie-the-Pooh by A. A. MilneThe Borrowers by Mary Norton
Old Loot:
Boy Sherlock Holmes: Death in the Air by Shane PeacockThe Curse of the Toads by Rebecca LisleEnchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any…

Book #1 for CCLRC - Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (1936)

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Read for the Children's Classic Literature Challenge.
Ballet Shoes is the story of three orphans all adopted by the same man when they were babies. Pauline was brought home to Gum's (Great Uncle Matthew) ward, Sylvia, to keep her company. He'd found her during one of his excursions for fossils, in a shipwreck without parents and no identification. The adoption was finalized and Pauline became the very first living Fossil. Two years later, Petrova (a Russian orphan) followed, and then two years after that, little Posy, whose mother was a dancer and had to give her up because she just couldn't afford to keep her.

This charming story starts with the decline of the household finances. Gum leaves Sylvia enough money for 5 years as he goes off on another adventure, but he doesn't come back when they expect him, and they don't hear from him. Finally, Sylvia resorts to taking in boards, like Mr. and Mrs. Simpson and their magnificent motorcar that Petrova just adores, th…

Classic Children's Literature Challenge - Jan 2013

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Host: Simpler Pastimes
Event/Challenge: Classic Children's Literature Challenge
Specifics: Must be written before 1962.
When: January 2013
# of books: Undecided at this point. We'll see what college has planned with assigned reading.

I totally doubt that I'll get all of these read, but it gives me a goal.

1) The Princess & the Goblin by George MacDonald
2) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
3) A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
4) The Borrowers by Mary Norton
5) Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
6) Stuart Little by  E. B. White
7) Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
8) The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
9) The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
10) Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild


Library Loot - 1st Week of January

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Weird, they're all teen books. The Boy Sherlock series is pretty cool, I must admit. It almost makes sense that Sherlock might have some Jewish heritage and be ostracized because of it.


New Loot:

•Boy Sherlock Holmes: Death in the Air by Shane Peacock

•The Curse of the Toads by Rebecca Lisle

•Enchanted Inc. by Shanna Swendson


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.