Classic 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
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!