Saturday, December 11, 2010

Favorite Children's Books

I'm sitting here trying to come up with something to say, something that I can cleverly incorporate wholesale life insurance into, but I'm failing miserably. Where do all the things that go through my head when I'm not staring at a blank blog post go?

So, lacking anything real to say, I thought I'd just post another bit from Reader's Digest that caught my eye:
Once Upon a Time...

Even if you have outgrown bedtime stores, you may still be able to identify the following quotes from classic children's books.  Take our quiz and check your answers below.
  1. "I'm not very big.  they use me only for switching trains in the yard.  I have never been over the mountain."
  2. "Help!  Help! A Heffalump!"
  3. Mrs. Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, "Oh, why can't you remain like this forever?"
  4. The sun did not shine.  It was too wet to play.  So we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day.
  5. "Now, my dears, you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your father had an accident there."
  6. When they got to Boston, they felt too tired to fly any further.  There was a nice pond in the Public Garden, with a little island on it.
  7. "If you become a fish in a trout stream," said his mother, "I will become a fisherman and I will fish for you."
  8. Lucy felt a little frightened, but she felt very inquisitive.  She looked back over her shoulder and there, between the dark tree trunks, she could still see the open doorway of the wardrobe.
I read to my kids all the time when they were little, but I must admit there were some quotes on this list I wasn't familiar with, or I couldn't think of the title of the book.  It has been a while.  There were also some quotes that were very familiar because they come from some of our favorite books, and we read them over and over and over.

Ready for the answers?

  1. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  2. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
  3. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  5. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  6. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  7. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  8. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
How many did you get?  I got 6 right.  Are your favorite children's books on this list?  My kids really loved #6 and #7 - we read them all the time.  And Goodnight Moon, they liked that one, too.  If/when they read this, they'll probably think of some I didn't remember.  Oh, Harold and the Purple Crayon!

Name some of the books your kids really enjoy(ed) reading.  Did you read the same books to your kids that your mom read to you?
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  1. We just read #6 yesterday as part of Amber's schooling. I had never read it before. And a week or two ago we read #7, also a first for me. Other than that there is no way I could ever have placed #3.

  2. #6 and #7 were the ones I wasn't familiar with...obviously didn't read them to you. :-) So I got 6 of them.

  3. I don't think we ever read it, but I got #3 just because Cory was Mr. Darling/Captain Hook in Peter Pan last fall, so I knew the name.

    I'm trying to remember what books you did read to me, Mom! I'm sure they were good.

  4. I knew the first 6, was clueless about 7 and guessed 8 was a Narnia book because of the wardrobe.

    "Goodnight Sherbert" was a favorite of mine, I loved "The Boxcar Children" and i practically memorized the sequel, "Surprise Island". I loved "Robin Hood", and i loved Paul Bunyan stories.


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