Posts Tagged ‘Children’s literature’

I know I’m a few days late with this post but how exciting it is that a new Beatrix Potter book is being published later this year!

A manuscript was recently found for a tale about a cat who has a secret life, “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots”, which sounds quite cute.

“The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots” by Beatrix Potter (via

It is exciting to hear about a new book – I was worried that the announcement was going to be someone else pretending to be her and writing new books.

I like Quentin Blake but I always associate his work with Roald Dahl. It will be interesting how he illustrates this new story as the original illustrations were so beautiful and made the stories what they are.

It’s also good that it’s being published by the original publisher Frederick Warne & Co, albeit as an imprint of Penguin Random House, and it’s already setting records as it’s shot to the top of book charts even though it’s not being published until September!

I really want to buy it and add it to my collection! I’ve always loved Beatrix Potter’s tales and the set of her books which I own are the oldest books in my collection as they’ve survived many clear-outs!

See The Guardian website site for more.

The BBC recently published an article about The 11 Greatest Children’s Books.

I thought it sounded interesting and decided to see what they’ve picked. The titles are supposed to be aimed at 10 years and under.

Their choices are as follows:

1. EB White, Charlotte’s Web (1952)

2. CS Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)

3. Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are (1963)

4. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

5. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868)

6. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince (1943)

7. AA Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)

8. Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

9. Ursula K Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)

10. Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time (1962)

11. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie (1935)

I noticed that these are all quite old and there’s no recent titles in the list!

Of the list, I have read only six – Charlotte’s Web; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Little Women; Winnie-the-Pooh; and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I have heard of the others but never got around to reading them! Also, I’m not sure if I have read A Wizard of Earthsea as sounds familiar but I can’t be certain!

Of the ones I have read, Little Women I only recently got around to reading, and I don’t really count that as a children’s book, especially not for under 10’s!

I agree that other books are all great children’s books, but I think there’s a few which should be in there too – where is The Very Hungry Caterpillar?!

I have just finished re-reading “The Witch’s Daughter” by Nina Bawden.

“The Witch’s Daughter” by Nina Bawden (via Goodreads)

I first read this book when I was a child after finding it in my local library, I have always had a thing for fantasy and so the title caught my eye, but it’s not actually a fantasy!

The blurb reads:

“Perdita lives a lonely life in the Western Islands of Scotland, until a naturalist arrives with his children. The story is a sympathetic study of the interplay of personalities, and also a tale of hidden treasure, crime and amateur detection.”

Perdita is described as being a witch’s daughter but she is actually a young, almost feral orphan girl who doesn’t mix with the other children on the island where she lives and who think she is strange. The story follows her as she discovers new friends in a boy and his blind sister who come to the island on holiday and who accept her as she is.

Besides being a story about friendship, it is a story with a mystery about the strange Mr Jones who visits the island at the same time as the siblings and a secret about treasure. The 3 children uncover the truth and Perdita’s life changes forever.

I loved this story as a child, and on re-reading it again now, I still love it. It’s just a lovely simple story about life on an island where everyone knows each other but there are still secrets. It’s interesting to see Perdita’s relationships with others: from the new friendship she forms with Janey and Tim, the pseudo-family relationship with Annie and Mr Smith, and the way the other island children treat her.

I give the book 7/10 because it’s just a good little story, and it’s about normal life but with the twist about treasure.