Classic Remarks: Favorite Childhood Classic

Classic RemarksClassic Remarks is a meme that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation.  We look forward to seeing your responses!

This Week’s Question

What children’s classic couldn’t you read enough when you were growing up?

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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My favorite children’s classic growing up was Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (and I’m still completely obsessed with it today).  I first read the book when I was about ten, and I have never looked back.  I loved Anne’s spunky yet kindhearted nature and enjoyed reading about all of her adventures, even as she progressed into adulthood later in the series.  I also am envious of Anne’s imagination and her ability to see wonder everywhere in the world and good in so many other people.  L.M. Montgomery is still one of my favorite writers, and I deeply admirable her knack for writing beautiful prose and inspiring story.  If you like Montgomery, too, you should know we have a whole two weeks dedicated to her this upcoming October.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

My second top pick is The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.  My third grade teacher read aloud The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in class, and I went on to check out the rest of the series from the school library on my own.  As an adult revisiting the series, I actually find Lewis’s writing a little sparse, but I was obsessed with his stories as a child and read most of the series multiple times (except The Last Battle, which I struggled to finish and read only once).  My favorite was The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

What’s your favorite childhood classic? If you wrote a post, please leave your link in the comments!


28 thoughts on “Classic Remarks: Favorite Childhood Classic

  1. Risa says:

    Anne of Green Gables IS lovely! But I discovered it only when I was well into my teens, and read the library copy only once. After that, I’ve read the entire series as an adult an have enjoyed it. Narnia..I wish I’d read it when I was a child. I’m hoping I’ll get to read it with my boys and perhaps be able to enjoy it that way.

    My childhood read-to-shreds-favourites were:
    a) Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster — I’ve read it a countless number of times, and still pick it up every now and then.
    b) The Secret Island by Enid Blyton — another book I loved reading to pieces; there’s something so exciting about children playing house alone on an island!

    honorary mention: Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott.


    • Briana says:

      Narnia is one of those series that hasn’t quite lived up to my childhood memories. I feel bad saying it because I LOVED the books as a child. And I like them now, but it’s just not the same. I’m always on the fence about what to say to adults who didn’t read them as children because I do recommend them, but I don’t want to over-hype the series and have people end up mildly disappointed that it wasn’t THE GREATEST THING EVER.

      I think I read Daddy Long Legs once, but it wasn’t a particular favorite of mine. I’m not sure I’ve even heard of The Secret Island!

      Krysta’s the one to talk to about Louisa May Alcott, though. I’ve read the Rose in Bloom Books and An Old-Fashioned Girl, and that’s it.


    • Krysta says:

      I absolutely loved Jack and Jill when I was growing up! But I think I was the only one checking it out of the library, so they weeded it. And I’ve never found a copy since! 😦

      I think reading Narnia as an adult is far more interesting if you look at the series in light of Lewis’s other books on Christianity. Then you can see how he’s using fantasy stories to illustrate the philosophical points he makes in his nonfiction, which is really intriguing.


    • Briana says:

      I read Howard Pyles’s Robin Hood several times over in middle school! Funnily enough, I don’t remember much about it now beyond a general impression of people feasting a lot. I did briefly look into the medieval origins of Robin Hood legends last year, though, and that was quite interesting.

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    • Briana says:

      I think I started The Last Battle about five times and nearly DNF’ed for good until I finally struggled through to the end. Objectively, I’m sure it’s probably not all that bad, and I’d like to give it another chance. However, I’m also afraid to give rereading it a try because I’m just so pre-biased against it. I’m afraid I’ll hate it just because I think I should!

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  2. Geraldine @ Corralling Books says:

    Anne of Green Gables was my favourite too! It was great to see Anne grow in one book. I remember reading it for the first time and being devastated that I finished the book…until I found out there were more ^_^ Suffice to say, I spent many days reading the series after that!


  3. Al says:

    My favourite child’s classic was always The Secret Garden. I first read it very young in an edition that was edited to be more readable to young kids, but I read the original when I was about 12 and loved it just as much. The movie was an obsession of mine, to the point where I would look up scenes on YouTube when I didn’t have the DVD anymore. I read it again just a few months ago and fell back in love all over again, which prompted me to pick up A Little Princess, which I haven’t gotten around to yet.


    • Briana says:

      I loved The Secret Garden, too! I think I first read it in second grade, but I reread it several times after that, as well! And, yes, I loved watching the movie! I should reread it sometime.


  4. jlg42 says:

    I remember loving the Narnia books in grade three. Somehow I missed out on the Anne books but I’m enjoying them now! Otherwise I didn’t read a lot of classics when I was younger (though I hope some of the books that came out when I was 10 will be considered classics in the future :P).


    • Briana says:

      When I was little I had really no conception of publication dates, so it wasn’t until a few years later I realized that I was NOT reading many books that had been published recently! :p


  5. Nandini Bharadwaj says:

    I thought I was the only one who didn’t like The Last Battle. Apparently not! Now that I revisit the series, even I feel like it’s not as awesome as I used to think it was as a child. I was introduced to the series in the fourth grade. My teacher used to read it aloud too and we’d all crowd around her, eagerly listening. It’s a really precious childhood memory! 🙂
    My favourite is still The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Maybe because I read it first, but I really liked the plot. I felt so sorry for Edmund!


    • Briana says:

      Agreed! I really love The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, too. I think it is one of the best ones, even though we probably do have some bias towards it since we read it first. My favorite might be The Voyage of the Dawn Treader though.

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