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Classic books for presents?

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frazzled74 Fri 04-Nov-16 21:07:14

For various ages from 4 - 15, I would like to buy some really nice classic, hard backed books as keepsakes for nieces, nephews, godchildren. Please can you give me some ideas? so far I've come up with little women, treasure island and Alice in wonderland.

RiverTam Fri 04-Nov-16 21:11:55

I have to say, I was bought a number of these as a child, and lovely though they were as objects, I never ever read them. And I read a lot. All gone to charity now. I still own quite a lot of knackered old paperbacks from my childhood, though.

balancingfigure Fri 04-Nov-16 21:28:06

The Secret Garden for younger ones
Pride and prejudice, Jane Eyre for older

I have a lovely copy of Jane Eyre I was given and have read over and over

nancy75 Fri 04-Nov-16 21:38:12

My dad has got a copy of this book and it really is lovely

It's fairy tales but the darker, more original versions, so for slightly older children, it has beautiful colour and pictures. If you google it you can probably see some of the inside

Alonglongway Fri 04-Nov-16 21:39:08

DD1 devoured these books and also has a Saturday job in a library. She suggests:

Ann of Green gables
Swallows and amazons
Black beauty
Have a look at Michael morpurgo
Enid blyton
Just Williams
Lemony snicket
Catcher in the rye
Animal farm
Railway children
Anthony Horowitz
Roald Dahl

I tend to agree about not buying very fancy hard backs that might be daunting younger children. I had a nice set of matching paper back classics for DD1 when she was about 10 - think they were from the Book People

SpeckledyBanana Fri 04-Nov-16 21:41:13

Mary Poppins.

buckeejit Fri 04-Nov-16 21:52:31

Can I recommend the children's Shakespeare books? My ds-7 on Sunday loves them & the stories are really great. I bought the 8 book set in oxfam & we love it so much I've just bought the 16 set

frazzled74 Fri 04-Nov-16 22:20:44

Children's Shakespeare would be great thankyou. And Jane Eyre will definitely suit one of my nieces. I thought maybe some pop up versions for the younger children.

nancy75 Fri 04-Nov-16 22:27:26

For pop up books google Robert sabuda, he makes amazing pop up books of well know children's stories

frazzled74 Fri 04-Nov-16 23:14:57

Wow they look great, thanks Nancy.

Okkitokkiunga Fri 04-Nov-16 23:30:48

My DD loved the What Katy Did series She is also devouring Noel Streatfeild at the moment.

scrappydappydoo Fri 04-Nov-16 23:38:34

Sorry if this sounds pretentious but when asking for books I always ask people to buy my dc their favourite book from their childhood (doesn't have to be a classic) but also enclose a note saying why they loved it. My dc are bookworms and love knowing why people read books and what impact it had on them.

buckeejit Sat 05-Nov-16 07:00:16

Love that idea scrappy smile

Another vote for the sabuda pop ups-occasionally found in to maxx-we have a few & they're fab, need adult supervision tho. Dh bought a superhero one for ds birthday on Sun

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