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Preview: Puffin’s Stories That Last a Lifetime

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I suppose this is more of an announcement with a bit of slant to it rather than a real review, so let’s call it a preview. On July 3, Puffin (the UK arm of Penguin) re-released 20 children’s classics with shiny new covers to invite a whole new generation to share in these beloved stories. Though I haven’t read all of these, a handful of these were favorites as a child, and one in particular was part of the reasoning we chose our son’s name–and I can’t wait to share it with him. Puffin is also including in the reprints an “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” feature that includes author info, inspiration for the story, vocabulary and historical information, interesting facts, and even a reading quiz. Certainly not necessary, but it gives the ability to run a child-friendly book club. Here is the list of 20–I highly encourage you to check them out if you haven’t.

  • A Dog So Small by Philippa Pearceratsnimh
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Annie by Thomas Meehan
  • Back Home by Michelle Magorian
  • Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat by Ursula Moray Williams
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor
  • Smith by Leon Garfield
  • Stig of the Dump by Clive King
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  • The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett
  • neverendingThe Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
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Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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