I was reading the answers to the Book Meme and came across this by MotherReader:
When I was in fifth grade, an adult saw me reading Winnie-the-Pooh and commented what a sophisticated book it was. It left me with a life-long appreciation of the humor in Winnie-the-Pooh that I think many kids miss because they think the book is too young for them. It also gave me a firm conviction not to rush kids into older books, so when they do read a book they will appreciate it.
Let me say how much I love that adult who not only did not dismiss MotherReader's book choice, but also said something encouraging and positive about it. I hope I can be that adult in children's lives.
But my second point:
What books do kids read "too soon"? What books should be read (or reread) when a child is older? Sometimes it's a situation like Disney, where the book has been turned into a cartoon that is viewed as "babyish;" sometimes it's a book like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, where parents think that because the movie is OK for their child, so too are the books.
Whatever the reasons, what books can we "take back" for older readers?
1. Winnie the Pooh
2. The House at Pooh Corner
3. Grimm's Fairy Tales
4. The Lord of the Rings
5. Harry Potter (most notably, the more recent/ older books)
6. The Wizard of Oz books
7. Anne of Avonlea and the other Anne sequels
and the reason I'm not doing more is I have to pack.
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