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Told from the point of view of a horse in Victorian England, this is an absolute classic and a must-read for all horse lovers.
Laugh out loud at the adventures of Tom as he and his friends (including Huckleberry Finn) share their lives in 19th Century Missouri, getting up to all sorts of mischief but always showing good heart.
I was an obsessive Enid Blyton fan growing up, preferring The Secret Seven to the Famous Five but also devouring some of her other series such as The Magic Faraway Tree, The Wishing Chair, The Twins at St Clares and Malory Towers.
This story of a Swiss orphan was another one of my favourites growing up. Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (Mary Mapes Dodge) and Pippi Longstocking (Astrid Lindgren) are also set in a world different to the one Kiwi kids grow up in.
The Tower Treasure, the very first Hardy Boys mystery was first published in 1927. They have since been republished and updated several times, now including adventures at X-games and all the things modern kids can relate to.
Isn’t it strange how talking animals can teach us so much about ourselves. This all time classic is my favourite of this genre which also includes The Wind in the Willows, Just So Stories, Charlotte’s Web and A Bear called Paddington.
The wonder of these fairy tales has delighted both old and young for well over one hundred years. Enjoy either the abridged version or find a volume of the original texts.
The magic of a different world opens up in this book and its sequel Through the Looking Glass. Other books of magic include Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie), the Narnia Chronicles (C.S. Lewis), The Wizard of Oz (Frank L. Baum) and Mary Poppins (P.L. Travers).
Of course I had to include a New Zealand author in the list and it was incredibly difficult to narrow it down to just one. Other options for classic Kiwi tales include Under the Mountain (M. Gee), Alex (T. Duder) and anything by Margaret Mahy.
Finally, some of the most well-known and best-loved stories are those from the Bible and we have versions for all ages at the library. This is just one of them.
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