30 Days of Gratitude: Treasures from Grandma

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My grandmother bought me Treaures from Grandma which was a throwback to her mother’s childhood in early 1900s America and kept me entertained wondering what crazy stunt Mabel and her best friend were going to get into next. The books center around a little girl who discovers her grandmother’s old things in the attic and…

30 Days of Gratitude: The 4 Little Children Who Went Round the World

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The Story of the Four Little Children who Went Round the World was written by Edward Lear (author of the Owl and the Pussycat) and was one of the longer stories in my “Big Blue Book.” Full of the utter nonsense you would expect from a writer like Lear, this was possibly my all-time favourite read-aloud…

30 Days of Gratitude: Little House in the Big Woods

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I can squarely say that Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s Little House books were amonst the most influential books of childhood imagination in the 20th century. No, seriously, whatever book you’re thinking of as being the single-most go-to book of childhood, forget it- the Little House books win hands down. My absolute favourite is the first volume,…

30 Days of Gratitude: ZooBooks

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ZooBooks, another TV deal that didn’t really come out as promised, was sort of the pre-National Geographic WORLD mag for kids. Your parents subscribed after being mesmerised by the Time-Life special-esque infomercial and sort of like Sweet Pickles you got a snazzy little recipe holder (let’s be real here) to file away all your little…

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