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classic books for 5 year old girl

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FCEK Thu 21-Mar-13 22:28:10

Can anyone recommend classic books that I can read to my 5 year old? I'm struggling to remember what I liked at that age, although I think I started on famous five when I was 6 or 7. Probably a bit too old fashioned for DD though, what else is there, books no child should not read?

boogiewoogie Fri 05-Apr-13 20:47:26

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett but she didn't like A little Princess.
Charlottes Web - Beware though as it is sad.
A Necklace of raindrops and other short stories - Joan Aiken.
Railway Children

Kaekae Fri 05-Apr-13 11:23:51

Bedknobs...give up

Kaekae Fri 05-Apr-13 11:23:13

Bedknob!! Silly ipad.

Kaekae Fri 05-Apr-13 11:22:02

My five year old son is loving Bednob and Broomsticks, also The Borrowers at the moment. The Borowers is a little out of date but he is still enjoying it.

Periwinkle007 Thu 04-Apr-13 14:08:10

I would also say Milly Molly Mandy
my daughters love the James Mayhew - Katie in the art gallery books and of course Katie Morag

hels71 Sun 31-Mar-13 22:04:29

My 5 year old loves Roald Dahl,
Polly and the Wolf
My Naughty Little Sister
Faraway Tree
Wishing Chair
Amelia Jane
Pippi Longstocking
LAdybird Classics...especially Wind in The Willows
Winnie The Pooh

Dancergirl Wed 27-Mar-13 11:34:04

fruitpastelle you're so lucky, I LOVED Teddy Robinson as a child and I love reading them to my dds now!

babybythesea Tue 26-Mar-13 20:50:37

I would have thought Just William was a bit old for this age but you never know!

As well as the Faraway Tree, there is the Wishing Chair series by Enid Blyton -my dd is loving those at the moment (she's 4.3).
Also Amelia Jane, the naughty doll in the nursery. DD loves the idea that her toys might come to life when she's not there and some of them might be naughty.

Jill Tomlinson - The Owl who was afraid of the Dark. And a bunch of others by her that I don't know but am hopeful will turn out to be good!

Dick King Smith - some of his for younger children I think should be suitable. (He wrote the Sheep Pig, which is what the film Babe is based on). Especially the 'Sophie' books. Some of the books, like the Sheep Pig, might have a suitable story (i'd certainly show the film to kids that age) but the actual language might be a bit much for her just yet - might be worth a look though.

The other book like that is 101 Dalmations - the story has been simplified for Disney but the original book is actually for slightly older kids, as is the sequel, 'Starlight Barking'. Well worth it though, when she's a couple of years down the line!

The Tales of Olga da Polga. I seem to remember loving these at about that age.

And yes to some of the other suggestions on here - Wind in the Willows, some of the Roald Dahl (Fantastic Mr Fox, the Magic Finger), even Winnie the Pooh if she hasn't already read them herself, and Paddington.

anonymosity Tue 26-Mar-13 14:35:07

My DD (5) love the Katie Morag stories too but the print on the page is so very miniscule I find it hard to read them tbh, even with my glasses on!

montmartre Sun 24-Mar-13 22:09:32

I've just thought of Katie Morag stories- they're a mixture of longer stories, but still with illustrations to each page.

careergirl Sat 23-Mar-13 17:20:09

What about the Sheltie books? Even if not into ponies may like the story
Written by Peter Clover available at Amazon

Campaspe Fri 22-Mar-13 19:02:53

Usborne do abridged versions of the children's classics - probably worth a browse on Amazon.

DewDr0p Fri 22-Mar-13 13:10:51

Wigeon I found Mudpuddle Farm fab for reading together - we'd each pick a part and it's great for encouraging them to do silly voices etc - even a hesitant reader can join in and read the odd speech bubble here and there.

Tubegirl Fri 22-Mar-13 13:05:26

The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton in similar vein to the Faraway Tree.

Wigeon Fri 22-Mar-13 12:58:22

Have just finished The Magic Faraway Tree with DD (Reception, 4.9yrs) and have been wondering what to read her next, so thanks to this thread have had an Amazon spree (the used books on there are a bargain).

Have gone for My Naughty Little Sister (as DD has a naughty little sister!), James and the Giant Peach, Milly Molly Mandy and Mudpuddle Farm. Thank you for the recommendation DewDr0p on that one - hadn't heard of that book, but love Michael Morpurgo generally, and DD is beginning to read and I think we might be able to read some of it together.

DewDr0p Fri 22-Mar-13 11:07:37

Does she still like picture books OP? I wouldn't rush onto chapter books if she's not ready, at this age the pictures are still important.

There are some good books that bridge the gap - Mudpuddle Farm by Michael Morpurgo is good - chapter book of short stories but lots of illustrations. Some Roald Dahl eg Enormous Crocodile, George's Marvellous Medicine, Fantastic Mr Fox. We have a Winnie the Witch book which again is chapter book style but loads of illustrations.

My dcs love Famous Five but 5 is perhaps a bit young for them. There is a book of Secret Seven short stories which might be worth a punt?

Tubegirl Fri 22-Mar-13 10:56:12

Gobbelino the Witches Cat by Ursula Moray Williams
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Road Dahl - all good some more suitable than others my dd (4) enjoyed The Twits enormously

DeWe Fri 22-Mar-13 10:42:31

All mine loved the Little House books at that age.

megandraper Fri 22-Mar-13 09:16:55

Ponder & William stories popular here with my 5yo and 3yo - nice and gentle. Not in print anymore but you can get second hand copies on Amazon.

booksteensandmagazines Fri 22-Mar-13 09:12:00

Fairy tales and myths and legends are good - not too long and quite exciting. Philip Pullman has just been quoted as saying how important it is that children read these type of stories.

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 23:48:29

I agree about Milly Molly Mandy - and very good at bedtime, they are gently sleep-inducing.

montmartre Thu 21-Mar-13 23:19:03

My 3yo adored 'Naughtiest Girl in School'- don't think he understood half the words, but he was entranced. Ditto Faraway tree.

fruitpastille Thu 21-Mar-13 22:49:24

I was thinking of Teddy Robinson. Old fashioned but nice. Am biased though as related to author! My 5 year old DS loves roald dahl.

FCEK Thu 21-Mar-13 22:45:01

and my naughty little sister might not be a good idea seeing as we aren't having any more kids and she's asking that question!

FCEK Thu 21-Mar-13 22:43:57

I've tried her with the magic faraway tree but found I had to summarise it and speed read it because she was getting fed up and wanting to fast forward etc, so I don't think she's ready for that yet. Same with pippi longstocking.

However, we did read the enormous crocodile recently and she loved that.

I think the language and scenarios in some books might be out of date though?

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