Books My Mother Read to Me

Some of my favorite childhood memories are of when my mother read to me. From a very early age, I loved to explore the worlds that books opened to me. As mother’s voice brought the characters on the page to life, I felt that I was in the story with “my friends.” I would like to share some of those friends with you.

Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel FieldHitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
Hitty is a doll of great charm and character. Her memoirs, besides being full of the most thrilling adventures on land and sea, also reveal her delightful personality. Hitty, or Mehitable as she was really named, was made in the early 1800s for Phoebe Preble, a little girl from Maine. Young Phoebe was very proud of her beautiful doll and took her everywhere, even on a long sailing trip on a whaler. This is the story of Hitty's time with Phoebe, and the many years that followed in the life of a well-loved doll.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Some Pig! Radiant! Humble! These are the words in Charlotte's web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte, the spider, tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur's life when he was born the runt of his litter.
Charlotte's Web, Scrambled Eggs Super! and Winnie the Pooh
Scrambled Eggs Super! by Dr Seuss
Tired of eggs always tasting always the same, Peter T. Hooper tells about his quest for the most exotic eggs and how he created the best scramble ever made.

Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
Christopher Robin’s friends, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga and Roo have always had a place in my home. Their gentle stories lead the reader into wonderful, often amusing adventures.

Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Heidi, an orphan, is brought by her Aunt Detie to live with her cold and somewhat frightening grandfather in a small Alpine village of Dorfli. At first, he is resentful of her arrival, but through her intelligence and unaffected cheerfulness, he soon begins to show her affection. Heidi makes friends with Peter, the goatherd, and they enjoy spending time together on the mountain, until her Aunt Detie returns and takes her to Frankfurt to be the companion of the invalid girl, Clara.

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Spunky red-headed Anne Shirley, orphaned at an early age, is sent to the Cuthberts, an elderly brother and sister, who wanted a boy to help on the farm. Her outgoing, if rambunctious at times, personality wins them over and they adopt her. Anne’s many adventures are exciting and often make the reader laugh out loud.

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
Paul and his sister Maureen's determination to own a pony from the herd on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, is greatly increased when Phantom and her colt are among the ponies rounded up for the yearly auction.

-Melissa H.


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