Robert Gentel wrote:
So here's my list of books that may or may not be beyond her reading level or suited to her interests (after all, she's a girl and I'll never figure those out!):
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift hasn't read the real one yet -- read a "Wishbone" version, loved it
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh read it, loved it less than I expected her to
Little Women by whoever the hell wrote that crap (all the girl readers I know loved it, I put it down.... and kicked it, then stomped on it) knows about it, hasn't read it yet
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett recently finished, ADORED it. was really super into it.
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley excellent idea
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland recently finished, new favorite book ever. she read the hardback versions (of that and "Through the Looking Glass") that my dad gave me when I was 7.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe she's read some abridged version, ready for the real one
Heidi by Johanna Spyri good one
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson she knows the story -- various shows are always doing versions of it (the Muppet version was fairly good). hasn't read it yet though. might be too flowery for her, not sure.
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford Great idea!
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth G. Speare hmm, I remember this depressing me when I was a bit older than her. maybe wait.
The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White excellent, thanks.
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne another good one. she definitely likes the action/ adventure stuff. adored Tintin.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame great idea, thanks.
"Sounder" was another one of the classics she recently finished. Liked it, didn't seem to make as much of an impression on her as others in that swath.