Tag: classic

A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens

I always feel awkward when I review a book I’m pretty sure you’ve already read. Each time I do it I wonder: why spend time reviewing The Chronicles of Narnia or Anne of Green Gables […]

Little Pilgrim’s Progress | Helen L. Taylor, Joe Sutphin

I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced such a profound sense of holding a classic, hot-of-the-press, as I did when I first opened this edition of Little Pilgrim’s Progress. True, the text of this book […]

Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm | Alice and Martin Provensen

That first week of September, I dropped all four of my children off at school and drove home in an empty minivan. Ordinarily, an empty minivan is a treat: a chance to put on a […]

Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

“I couldn’t put it down.” “You won’t be able to put it down.” “It’s unputdownable!” I recently read our local bookstore’s monthly magazine, and the reviews were littered with phrases like this. This seems to […]

Misty of Chincoteague (Series) | Marguerite Henry

When we celebrated my birthday last month, I opened one daughter’s gift and found a book tucked in it alongside her present. I couldn’t keep the book, she explained, but I had to read it. […]

The Anne of Green Gables Series | L. M. Montgomery

L. M. Montgomery’s books make me want to befriend some patch of land and explore it thoroughly until I know and have named every tree, every brook, every starry-eyed flower in its thickets. I want […]

The Railway Children | E. Nesbit

Was there ever a better narrator than E. Nesbit? The way she banters with the reader in charming asides and includes her own voice as a part of the story makes reading her work an […]

The Little White Horse | Elizabeth Goudge

“I absolutely adored The Little White Horse. —J. K. Rowling That sentence alone persuaded me to purchase The Little White Horse, a book I knew nothing else about by an author I’d never heard of. […]

Harry Potter | J. K. Rowling

I read the first five books when we were newly married. We lived in a studio apartment where the shag carpet smelt of fried hashbrowns, and our mattress doubled as both sofa and bed. While drunk […]

Little Pilgrim’s Progress | Helen L. Taylor

The idea of abridging or adapting classics for young readers used to make me squeamish. But when I began collecting books for our school library, I started to see the sense in it: if done […]