I read everything I could get my hands on. I loved Nancy Drew (it should be required reading for vocab classes) Little House in the Big Woods, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Pippi Longstocking, and so many more.

One reason for my need to read was that when our tv broke in the summer of '68, my dad told the repairman he could have it or trash it, or whatever he wanted to do with it. Granted, my brother didn't compensate with books, but he had friends his age to play with in our neighborhood. Besides, he was ashamed that we didn't have a tv. He thought other kids would think we were too poor to have one.

So, if you have girls, I highly recommend the original Nancy Drew books. Don't settle for the newer editions. Be prepared to help her find out what 'pumps' (shoes) are, what a 'frock' is (it's a dress) and what a 'roadster' is. Don't be intimidated, these books are great for training a reader to use context to work things out. They also describe true and honorable friendships, courteous behavior, and ladylike manners. This is just one more advantage of reading the right literature.


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Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:52 PM I loved Anne of Green Gables growing up.  I read all of the books in just a short period, and went back and reread them over and over.  I think I might have to pick them up again sometime...LOL.  I also liked Nancy Drew, just didn't get into them as much.

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