Today I actually miss working in a school. I’m not really in to the whole dressing up thing, but it is wonderful to see a school hall full of happy children in bright, mainly recognisable costumes. And the best thing is that as a teacher you can concentrate on the pleasure of books for most of the day, which has to be a good thing.
On that thought which books can you remember giving you the most pleasure as a child or teenager? It’s difficult for me to choose one but maybe two were my first loves;
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I did like The Wind in the Willows and later Jane Eyre but maybe I appreciate them more rereading them as an adult.
Soon I moved on to The Eagle of the Ninth and other books by Rosemary Sutcliff and I devoured everything written by Geoffrey Trease.
If I had been born later I might have chosen Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken,
or When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
or Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
I am sure most people will have a much less girly choice than me but next in my list would have been Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn.