Beginnings: Dreams and Enchantments

These are the works that informed my childhood; most are in my library. Some, alas, await purchase and, in some cases, rediscovery as reprints or as second-hand treasure trove.

DSCN1342 - Version 2Enchantments and Wizardry

Collections of Fairy Tales:   

Hans Christian Andersen, The Brothers Grimm, Perrault              

Andrew Lang’s Books of Fairy Tales Alas, I own only the pink and the blue.

The Arabian Nights.  Really like Husain Haddawy’s translation for Norton.

Rudyard Kipling Puck of Pook’s Hill and Rewards and Fairies; C.S. Lewis, the Narnia books; DSCN1366 - Version 3The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights; J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books; George MacDonald, At the Back of the North Wind, The Princess and the Goblin, and The Princess and Curdie, E. Nesbitt, The Phoenix and the CarpetBarbara Sleigh Carbonel and The Kingdom of CarbonelP. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins; J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; T. H. White, The Once and Future King  and The Book of Merlyn

To the Woods and Beyond

J. M Barrie’s Peter Pan; Lewis CarrollAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There,  and  Sylvie and Bruno; Kenneth Graham, The Wind in the WillowsRudyard Kipling, Just So Stories and The Jungle Books  

Independent Children

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden; Captain Marryat, The Children of the New Forest; L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

and, of course, all Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven, Famous Five, Adventure, and Mystery series books, but I don’t own any of those any more. I do own a few of Anthony Buckeridge’s Jennings books. I never owned any of Richmal Compton’s Just William books, but childhood would have been bleaker without them. 

Beloved Bears

DSCN1334 - Version 4Michael Bond, the Paddington books; A. A. MilneWhen We Were Very Young, Now We are Six, Winnie the Pooh, and The House at Pooh Corner; Gynedd Rae, the Mary Plain books

The Joys of Illustration

All of Cecily M. Barker’s Flower Fairy books and all of Beatrix Potter’s work

And then there are the Opies and The Classic Fairy Tales, The Oxford book of Children’s Verse, The Oxford Book of Nursery Rhymes, and The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. Some time, soon, I shall try and find their book on playground games.

And we must not forget Aesop’s Fables, T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,  and the 1958 edition of The Batsford Book of Children’s Verse edited by Elizabeth Jennings.

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