Wednesday, July 02, 2008


The Return of the Twelves by Pauline Clark

Written in 1962, this was a book I read to my children. I usually chose books with a fantastical element since they didn’t choose such books on their own.

Together we read Tom’s Midnight Garden, Tuck Everlasting, The Indian in the Cupboard and so on.

The Return of the Twelves is a favorite.

Max finds a box of twelve toy soldiers in the attic. The soldiers come to life at night and Max eventually learns the soldiers were the playthings of the Bronte children who endowed them with a magical ability to come alive. (Branwell Bronte actually wrote a story about his soldiers called “The History of the Boys”).

Tying the story to a real and literary family was especially delightful to me and leads young (or old) readers to an interest in the Brontes. Highly recommended.

Here are a few more to go up on the Fourth.

There may be an adult forgotten books on Rap Sheet:
and here


Todd Mason said...

Hey, don't forget my adult choices for this week, as well:

And thanks for the ongoing compilation!

Travis Erwin said...

Mine is up.

Todd Mason said...

Yours sounds good, you ever find yourself picking any of those up and reaquaiting yourself with them, or are they seared into your mind via the reading aloud sessions? Aside from Nurse Ames, is there any unfair obscurity from your own youth that you can recall? (It's been a lot of years since I've read aloud to my younger brother, but I have been a storyteller in very informal and intimate settings...)

Gerald So said...

I wasn't big on reading as a child, but I had a good time blogging the first high school books that piqued my interest, as well as the first book I read for pleasure.

Travis Erwin said...

I almost went with The Indian in THe Cupboard.
I really got into that one as well.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I love Lynne Reid Banks adult books as well. (Indian in the Cupboard)

pattinase (abbott) said...

Todd- I have read Tom"s Midnight Garden again because it occurred to me I might write a kid's book and I do have half of one on harddrive. And I've seen the movie of Tuck. I never felt like a very good reader aloud and sometimes ask someone else to read my stories in my writing group.
I have that monotonal Philly voice.