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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Only 110?

110 Best Books: The Perfect Library This article from the Telegraph "From classics and sci-fi to poetry, biographies and books that changed the world… we present the ultimate reading list." I beg to differ. Children's books listed were Swallows and Amazons; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Lord of the Rings; His Dark Materials; Babar; The Railway Children; Winnie-the-Pooh; Harry Potter; The Wind in the Willows; and Treasure Island. Where is The Cat in the Hat? Or Where the Wild Things Are? Or, because it's chapter book biased, how about The Giver, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, etc., etc., etc.? And lo and behold, I'm not the only one. The article has hundreds of comments-- people all listing their favorite books, the books that were most meaningful in their lives, as missing. Quite simply, I think no list as small as 110 can be a "perfect library". Which is a good thing, because I would feel sorry for the kid stuck reading only Babar repeatedly until he miraculously understands Winnie-the-Pooh.

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