I've always liked fantasy; in many cases, I've liked it better than reality. MacDonald was a Scottish writer in the 1800's. C.S. Lewis was inspired by his fantasy writings to do some of his own [Chronicles of Narnia, etc]. Charles Williams, a contemporary of Lewis, also wrote a series of fantasy novels. Cockburn's song, "Wondering Where the Lions Are", was partially inspired by one of Williams' tales.
I highly recommend Phantastes, Lilith, At the Back of the North Wind, Sir Gibbie, the Light Princess and others by GMacD.
Finally read Roughing It. What a book. Serious road trip. Twain and his brother lit out in 1862, after the Civil War wrecked the steamship trade on the Mississippi. Rode the stagecoaches across the wilderness to Nevada. Twain spends a page on the jackrabbit and two pages on the coyote. He got into silver mining in Virginia City, lost his shirt more than once, headed to San Francisco to write, eventually got to Hawai'i, which was still a kingdom. Pages on Kilauea erupting. Mark Twain could write.
THE MAN WHO DIDN'T WASH HIS DISHES
Copyright 1950 by Phyllis Krasilovsky
All rights reserved
Lithographed in the United States of America
KATHY JEAN LUBART
and all the other children
A viable tale today.
with many things...
to be sure.
The Barnes & Noble Classics edition, that is. 893 pages packed with many of the wild and crazy adventure of the wild and crazy detective. The little one seems to enjoy the stories, or perhaps it's the emphasis and enthusiasm with which I read them. It's hard to tell with a 6-month-old.
I've still got my childhood copy.
Sitting under the cork trees and smelling the flowers, words to live by.
THE STORY of FERDINAND
by MUNRO LEAF
Drawings by ROBERT LAWSON
One for the all the children this day, xo!
A perfect little story, xo!
Oh My Baby, Little One
A blessing to anyone wanting a book
to describe the unfailing, infinite and darling love a
parent has for their young child. A Mother's love, comfort
and assured place in her heart is a guaranteed by this
story's end. A perfect gift, to be sure.
A bit from the middle...
"It might hide inside my desk drawer
or slip inside my shoe,
but still, it's always with me-
it stays the whole day through.
It curls around my coffee cup
and perches on my chair.
It doesn't matter where I go,
this love is everywhere."
Thanks for the suggestions! I'm always open to new books to read. The only problem I have is there not being enough hours in the day to get all the reading I want done!
since you're going for the classics, I would also recommend Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, if you haven't read 'em already.
As strange as this may seem, I've been reading more since my daughter was born this past September than I have in probably two years...or more. So far I've managed to finish reading "The Iliad" (which I mentioned previously) and "The Hobbit" and have a little over a hundred pages left of Frank Herbert's "Dune." Not sure what to follow up with, but I have plenty to choose from. Probably going to move on to some Sherlock Holmes, then perhaps "The Odyssey."
There's just so many great books to read!