Category Archives: Favourite Books

Happy Birthday Hobbits!

Hobbit_cover If you are a fan of hobbits you will know that yesterday, September 21, 2012, was the 75th Anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. You may also know that today, September 22, is the birthdate shared by Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.

My first introduction to hobbits was in Grade 5 when our teacher read the book to us in class. I was fascinated by the story from the first pages – especially the page with the iconic map of the magical lands where the story The Hobbit or There and Back Again takes place.

One of the things I remember about hobbits besides their hairy feet is how they like to enjoy several meals a day including breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.

As second breakfast was Bilbo’s favourite meal of the day it is no surprise that fans of The Hobbit from all over the world have been celebrating the last two days by eating second breakfasts of their own.

In our library second breakfast guests enjoyed Hobbit Scones and homemade cinnamon doughnuts prepared by a couple of my library regulars. Apples fresh off the tree, home-made raspberry jam, Manitoba clover honey, hot chocolate and a wide variety of teas were also served.

I displayed my 50th anniversary editon of The Hobbit and streamed a video of  the second trailer for the upcoming Hobbit movies.
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Life would be a terrible thing without books…

AnneofGreenGables2A quote by L.M. Montgomery I have posted both at my school library and in my home library proclaims: 

“Life would be to me in all respects a terrible thing without books.” – L.M. Montgomery

If you have been following this blog since its inception, you already know that the L.M. Montgomery series of Anne and Emily books are my favourite books from my childhood, and, books that I have re-read many times as an adult. 2008 marks the 100th year since the publication of Anne of Green Gables. There will, of course, be a number of events to celebrate this milestone. One of the most interesting I have seen advertised so far is an event presented by the L.M. Montgomery Institute of the University of Prince Edward Island.  Entitled “L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables & The Idea of Classic”, the event is billed as an “international celebration of imagination and creativity” and takes place June 25-29 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. More information here about the week filled with all things Anne including scholarly discussion, special themed dinners, theatrical productions, guided tours, musical productions, a book launch and more.

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Your Favourite Children’s Book?

tomsawyer.jpgWhen a teacher friend of mine was wondering out loud which classic children’s books he should introduce to his students, we realized we listed a number of the same books as childhood favourites.  While I at first found this surprising based on the difference in our ages, it became obvious that truly good books stand the test of time, especially when you consider the first four books on our combined list were also childhood favourites of my 83-year-old grandmother.

  Here is our combined list:

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Anne of Green Gables (one of my desert island picks) by L.M. Montgomery
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton

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