May 10, 2006

And Now It is Time For Another Exciting Adventure

After lunch, when the girls are taking their naps (most days), I've gotten into the habit of reading a chapter or two of a book to The Boy. We read through The Great Brain series, which if you haven't read them is an absolutely wonderful set of books set in turn of the 20th century Utah. I loved the stories growing up and The Boy loved them too.

After we finished that series we sort of floundered. Nothing held either of our interests that long. We read one Henry Huggins book, but we'd already read most of them and the Ramona books. We read one Wizard of Oz story, but just didn't feel like reading any more. We read most of Black Beauty, but The Boy didn't like the cruely that happened to the horses and asked for me to stop reading it.

A month or so ago, I remembered another series from my childhood that I really enjoyed and this one has been a good fit for our afternoon story times -- The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. The books are some what like British Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys. The plots all seem to involve many of the same elements, and yet we both love them. The Five (two boys, two girls and a dog) go on adventures to the sea, Wales, farms, Roman ruins and old castles, among other places. I find myself reading each book, even the ones I've read before and wondering what will happen next, even though I usually know or have a very good idea.

The Famous Five are not great works of literature certainly, but they are very fun reads with the right amount of mystery and action for the smallish set. They leave me wishing I could have grown up in a time when I could have gone off alone with my cousins on grand adventures, solved puzzles and found treasures that had eluded everyone else for ages.

Sadly, our library only owns a few Famous Five books, so I'm going to have to actually buy some from Amazon to keep reading them to The Boy.


About those Enid Blyton's, I can't find 'em anywhere. Told an online friend in Scotland. Imagine, telling her that and she actually sent me #3 and #4 of that series.

If you've not read those two, I'll lend them to you when we're done. Gladly!

I want to get my hands on those other Enid Blyton's...the ones all those Brits talk about. The series' name escapes me, but I'll find them.

Posted by: melissa at May 10, 2006 09:39 AM

I thought the Brits mostly talked about The Famous Five. It was made into a TV series. Our library has several of another of her series -- The Secret Seven, so we've been reading a few of those. I don't like them quite as well as The Famous Five. There is more fighting among the characters and they just don't seem quite as fun.

You can get most, if not all, of the Famous Five books from Amazon. I just ordered a couple.

Posted by: Jordana at May 10, 2006 09:44 AM

I'll have to look out for them! The Great Brain series is my favorite boy series for that age group.

Posted by: kristen at May 10, 2006 12:38 PM

How about the Little House series?

Also the Black Stallion series is nice.

Posted by: Mary at May 10, 2006 03:13 PM

The Little House series is what I'm reading them for bed time. We're reading On the Banks of Plum Creek.

Posted by: Jordana at May 10, 2006 03:21 PM

Have you read any of the boxcar children? Forget the author's name though.

Posted by: wendy at May 11, 2006 12:12 PM