Monday, 4 April 2011
C is for ......Children's Fiction
As a child I was an avid reader but there were a few favourites that were read and re-read frequently. As my own children grew I rediscovered the magic as I shared my favourites with them.
Alas, one book I’d not been able to find to re-live with them was Enid Blyton’s ‘The Treasure Hunters'.
OK, so it was a paperback binding and my original had been a cloth and board bound gem picked up at a jumble sale, but flicking through the pages I was right back there with Jeffrey, John and Susan Greyling, attempting to decipher an old treasure map and trying to thwart the intentions of the ‘baddie’ Mr Potts, who wanted to con the family out of it’s stately family ‘pile’! It matters not to me that it is very much set in a time when values of loyalty, obedience and honour were so different to children’s fiction today – I think it’s quirky and nostalgic and I love it!
The ‘Katy’ stories by Susan Coolidge fascinated me and I never grew tired of reading what she ‘did’, what she did ‘at school’ and what she did ‘next’. It was interesting to read about home and family life in nineteenth century America – a world away from 1960’s Britain! I’ve not been able to track down the two later books in the series – Clover and In the High Valley – I wonder what they were like?
There were many other books I read, usually junkshop and jumble sale ‘finds’ plus my weekly trawl of the local library shelves, but I inevitably returned to my favourites - perhaps they were my literary equivalent of a ‘Linus’ blanket?
Now, appetite whetted, I’m off to join the Treasure Hunters and see how the Greyling children aim to defy the nasty Mr Potts…..!