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Thursday, June 13, 2013



My husband read this book as a child and still talks about it. I've been trying to find it for our son to read. Have you read The Famous Five?


I relate to this post. I bought two more Roald Dahl books today, just for me. Buy two and get an insulated lunchbag. I have four now. Is hard to believe that I never read James and the Chocolate Factory!

The Story of Ferdunand is another pleasure I indulged in. It was first published in 1936 and the illustrations remind me of the stories our landlady read to me when I was around two or three. I bought the book for my friend next door, but I've fallen in love. Robert Lawson is a talented artist.

Running away was unheard of in our family, so I admired Huck Finn to the max. He taught me that running away was scary, and for boys only! :) (sigh)

Summer is great for light reading, yes?

Kathy Zadrozny


I havent read the Famous Five series, but I added it to my reading list. Thanks for the suggestion!

Alan B

I loved the Famous Five (and the Secret Seven etc) when I was young but I don't expect they would have much adult appeal apart from nostalgia. If you continue with the Swallows and Amazons series, watch out for 'The Secret Water' which is set round here in Essex.

Kathy Zadrozny

Thanks for the info Alan!

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