February 17, 2010

Won't You Read to Me Wednesday: Classics

One of my BFF's, Sarah Denley, hosts this every week, and I always forget when Wednesday rolls around. Well now I'm remembering! This week I decided to show off the classic books that my mom read to me when I was little. I will ALWAYS remember rocking with her in our living room while she read to me. I just can't wait to read these books to Evy!

They're all ones that you've heard of, but they deserve to be featured!

The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrated by Garth Williams
These books are so dear to my heart. It was my first experience with really getting to know "characters" (even though they were real people), and getting attached to them. I was dying to know how their stories would end! Of course they just aren't complete with Garth Williams' wonderful illustrations! When I was in 4th grade and we lived in Missouri, we had to do a "Missouri Project." I chose Laura Ingalls Wilder, because her home is in Mansfield, Missouri. My family took a trip there so I could learn all about it.

I put together such a wonderful display board. I built a model log cabin out of Lincoln Logs and my best friend Taylor's mom helped me make vegetables and other things out of clay (she was an incredible artist). I used a wooden model of a covered wagon (it belonged to my great-grandparents), and hung quilts over the top of the display board. I was so proud of that project! It made the books, which I already loved, become so much more real to me.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This is such a beautiful story, and it still makes me so happy! I love the story of how much this family loves each other, and how the lives of your family members can take different turns at any moment. When my family goes to Boston in April, Kurt and I are going to take a side trip to see Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott's home:
Of course I always romanticize things and will think of it as I saw it in the movie (I honestly prefer the newest version from 1994). I can't wait to see it in person, and I know I'll be starstruck :)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Illustrated by Tasha Tudor
I dreamed and dreamed of having a secret garden like Mary in this book! This was the first "classic" that my mom read to me. I had this visual world in my head as she would read this to me. I just KNEW what that garden looked like! Tasha Tudor is one of my very favorite illustrators. My other favorite book that she illustrated:

A is for Annabelle

I'm going to do another post about her, because I love her work!

That about sums up my Read to Me Wednesday. Happy reading!


Sarah said...

Hi Ashley- I love reading your blog so thought I'd introduce myself :)

Seeing the books you posted brings back such happy memories! I especially loved the Little House books and the Secret Garden. Can't wait to read them with my daughter too. Did you ever read The Little Princess? That was another of my favorites.

littledaisymay said...

Those are all such great books! I loved Tasha Tudor books when I was young...especially A Time to Keep :)

Aishlea and Brandon said...

Hi, Ashley!

Little House was one of my fav series of books to read, but The Secret Garden was my absolute fav book! I also loved The Little Princess, by the same author. I have read the Secret Garden probably 100 times!

Meghan said...

Oh my goodness! I love the secret garden movie. I remember watching it all the time. Do you remember the movie Heidi? I forgot about that movie until recently.

Christy said...

Little Women is also a huge favorite!

Kristal said...

Great books! I was obsessed with the Little House On the Prairie series when I was younger - I read each book numerous times. And I had the ones illustrated by Garth Williams as well.

And The Secret Garden! A magical book!

Of course, I'll be reading to Isaac, but I really hope to have a girl someday so I can read some of these same books to her. Anne of Green Gables is another that I'd want to read together. :)

The Niemeyer Nest said...

I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder books too. I vividly remember being in 3rd grade pretending to be Laura while warming my apple on the radiator! Where was the teacher during this? HA!

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness! You have no idea how much I want to go see Orchard House now! (I'm a fan of the newer movie, too. You can't beat it on a rainy day, curled up on the couch with something hot to drink.) :-)

Carrie said...

I can't wait to read all those books to Aubrey!

Tiffany said...

I am reading the Little House series to the babies before bed each night aloud. We just finished Little House in the Big Woods. They loved it. I am also re-reading Little Women right now, just for me. I found it at a garage sale last summer in the Companion Library series. One side is Little Women and the other side is Little Men, which I've never read. It is a continuation of the story and I want to read them back to back. Very good picks for this week.

Bethany said...

I'm actually reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books to my class at school right now. :) I love her books!

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