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I started reading for entertainment when I was a child (around the age of four, perhaps younger but I can’t recall the years before I started kindergarten) and aside from the Peter and Jane series and some other children’s books, I distinctively remember abridged versions (which later became the full, complete editions) of classics. So, for today, I’d like to share the classics I’ve loved as a kid!
1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
It’s safe to say that I went nuts over Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass after I first read it. This fascination with it stuck to me from kindergarten all the way to the end of my high school years. At one point, I even named a puppy of mine Alice!
2. Black Beauty
No matter my age, Black Beauty had me bawling my eyes out each time I read it. I felt awful for the horses when they were mistreated, and happy when they weren’t. The way Anna Sewell wrote the story with such love and empathy spurred my younger self’s dream of becoming a veterinarian.
3. White Fang
White Fang is perhaps the first classic I’ve read with the most picturesque writing. I was deeply amazed by how beautiful and evocative it is and it left a really lasting visual impression in my mind.
4. Robinson Crusoe
As a child, I adored Robinson Crusoe but it’s mostly because it’s the first play I’ve ever seen being preformed live is an adapted version of this book. Later, when I grew up and reread this book again, I could understand the many problems this book has. Though, I can’t deny the period of my life where I loved this book.
5. The Call of the Wild
More devastating than Black Beauty, The Call of the Wild is another classic that depicts the violence of humans towards those them deem as beneath them. Though, what stuck to me the most from this was the evolution of Buck who changed from a tame dog to a fierce wolf—the internal war he is stuck with.
As you can see, a lot of my favorite classics as a kid featured animals in them and most of them shaped my perspective and attitude towards animals too.
Did you read any classics as a kid? Was that one that stayed close to your heart or one that you absolutely hated? Let me know in the comment section below! ❤
As always, thank you so much for reading!
Until next time everyone~