Another edition of We Recommend, in which we do our very best to suggest the perfect book, and then
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What we have here is really a recommendation for us (this series she talks about that I've never heard of sounds excellent), along with a question:
My daughter is soon to be five and loving chapter books. We started
just recently with the 'Magic Far Away Tree' series by Enid Blyton. My
husband recommended them after growing up in South Africa- no one had
heard of them here. (In fact, we had him pick up copies for us on a
recent trip to the U.K.) So we tore through those- she loved them all-
and now we're looking for just right books for her. We've checked out
the first two Laura Ingalls- Wilder books. (She thought it was
hilarious that they use a pig's bladder for a balloon). She loves books
about animals, maybe princesses, and definitely some adventure.
So, the Magic Faraway Tree series turns out to be an amazing-sounding set of books about kids who explore an enchanted forest. I truly love an enchanted forest, myself.
Anyway, it sounds like animals, adventure and magic are the order of the day (we're going to leave princesses out of it, because, God knows, they are omnipresent enough). For some reason my first thought was The Incredible Journey, because of the animals, but it's not really magical and I only put it here because one should always give due respect to gut instincts and first hunches and the like. Then I thought of the Narnia series, but almost five seems a bit too young, you want to wait with those until she can really savor them. Then there are those old fashioned books like Treasure Island, but it might be a bit much. Hmm, adventure and animals and magic…
I mean, there are a million other wonderful books, right? It hardly seems fair to bring in the big heavy hitter of the classics here. There's The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, there are all the wonderful E. Nesbit books, like The Enchanted Castle, and maybe Edward Eager would do well here, too? I entirely loved Half-Magic, though it might be a bit too grown-up yet.
But what would you suggest? Let her know in the comments.