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NettJarrp Sun 14-May-17 21:37:01

Just came across this line in DD's current favourite bedtime story:
"Then Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh walked hand in hand down the forest path and they said goodbye. So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest a little boy and his bear will always be playing."
I'm in tears. It's times like this that I wish that I could share these feelings with DD's father (I'm widowed - not a thread about that though).

What lines in children's stories pull at your heart strings?

NettJarrp Sun 14-May-17 21:43:07

Another Winnie the Pooh: "If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever."

I'm so weepy!

Hobbes8 Sun 14-May-17 21:45:16

I saw the title and came on to quote that line from Winnie the Pooh.

I've been reading Oh the Places You'll Go to my daughter and that has some good lines - "today is your day. Your mountain is waiting so get on your way"

Bloodybridget Sun 14-May-17 21:45:46

Funnily enough those final lines from Winnie the Pooh were read in Words and Music on R3 this afternoon!

NettJarrp Sun 14-May-17 21:47:42

Really, Bridget? Coincidence!

I'll look out for that book, Hobbes.

How do you describe this feeling of melancholy? It's sort of heartbreaking, yet addictively pleasant. I don't know if it's good or not. It makes me want to cry.

NettJarrp Sun 14-May-17 21:49:53

Thank you for replying, by the way. I'm feeling very alone tonight, and it's wonderful to be able to interact with others. Thanks.

BillywigSting Sun 14-May-17 21:51:22

And the girl grew,

Into a mother,

Who helped her daughter to make some paper dolls.

Paper dolls by Julia Donaldson. That last couple of lines is about happy childhood memories being recreated down the generations and it's just lovely

Elllicam Sun 14-May-17 21:51:56

What should be the last line of the Snail and the Whale; 'and on climbed snail after snail after snail'. Always makes me cry.

BikeRunSki Sun 14-May-17 21:53:20

I came on to quote that last page The Paper Dolls. I can never read it without tearing up.

NettJarrp Sun 14-May-17 21:53:31

I'm in bits! sad

GoldStars3 Sun 14-May-17 21:53:41

We'll it's not going to help your weepiness but... The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jefferson. Do you know it? It's a very beautiful book about loss, grief and healing. The woman who has been walking around with her heart stuck in a bottle, where she placed it for safekeeping after a devastating childhood loss, finally meets a little girl who manages to return her heart to its rightful place. It's the combination of the writing and the illustration, and the idea that it took a child's small hand to be able to reach into the bottle and retrieve the heart... I weep every time I read it.

"The bottle couldn’t be broken. It just bounced and bounced … right down to the sea.

But there, it occurred to someone smaller and still curious about the world that she might know a way."

GoldStars3 Sun 14-May-17 21:55:19

Hobbes, I love Oh, The Places You'll Go!

"Kid, you'll move mountains." [weep]

GingerAndPrickles Sun 14-May-17 21:56:33

I love Oh The Places You'll Go. We got it for DSD (13) a few years ago when she went to secondary school, but I also read it to DD (threenager) and it's just as poignant.
If you want a nice weep at bedtime-story time, try Once There Were Giants, or On The Night You Were Born. And Blueberry Girl!

HardplaceandRock Sun 14-May-17 21:56:41

No Matter What by Debi Gilori.
There is small fox and large fox
Small: "what about when your far away, does your love go to or does it stay"
Large: "look at the stars there far far away, but their light reaches us at the end of each day, it's like that with love, we may be close we may be far but loves still surrounds us wherever we are"

EssaysOfElia Sun 14-May-17 21:56:59

I love Winnie the Pooh -

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

Piglet: “How do you spell love?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”

Tears in my eyes everytime I read these lines.

tiredvommachine Sun 14-May-17 21:57:06

Philippa Pearce 'Tom's Midnight Garden'

"Good-bye, Mrs Bartholemew," said Tom, shaking hands with stiff politeness; "and thank you very much for having me."
"I shall look forward to our meeting again," said Mrs Bartholemew, equally primly.
Tom went slowly down the attic stairs. Then, at the bottom, he hesitated: he turned impulsively and ran up again - two at a time - to where Hatty Bartholemew still stood...
Afterwards, Aunt Gwen tried to describe to her husband that second parting between them. "He ran up to her, and they hugged each other as if they had known each other for years and years, instead of only having met for the first time this morning. There was something else, too, Alan, although I know you'll say it sounds even more absurd...Of course, Mrs Bartholemew's such a shrunken little old woman, she's hardly bigger than Tom; anyway: but, you know, he put his arms right round her and he hugged her good-bye as if she were a little girl.

HardplaceandRock Sun 14-May-17 21:57:52

Also love "oh the places you'll go" plan on ready it to the year 6a at our school during their "leavers assembly"

Bloodybridget Sun 14-May-17 21:58:35

NettJarp sorry you are feeling alone, you sound unhappy. Hope things look up for you soon flowers

PamDooveOrangeJoof Sun 14-May-17 21:58:56

I'm in bits here! The Snail & The Whale always makes me cry at that line at the end. I thought it was just me.

Oh! The Places You'll Go, is amazing. But I struggle not to cry the whole way through reading it

I also cried reading 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory' to my son the other night. The beginning where Charlie is literally starving is awful.

MariafromMalmo Sun 14-May-17 21:59:18

The Giant Word Factory... the last line is just wrenching.

Here is a review as someone who moved to a country where I was slowly and with a lot of effort learning the language the premise feels very real to me.

Just stunning.

allthatnonsense Sun 14-May-17 21:59:24

Judith Kerr's My Henry. I can't remember by heart, but the line where she likes best of all to remember their life together and how lovely it was. So poignant.

Intransige Sun 14-May-17 21:59:58

I love Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman.

Grant her the wisdom to choose her path right, free from unkindness and fear.
Let her tell stories and dance in the rain, somersault, tumble & run,
Her joys must be high as her sorrows are deep.
Let her grow like a weed in the sun.

MariafromMalmo Sun 14-May-17 22:00:18

In English it is called "The big word factory"

PamDooveOrangeJoof Sun 14-May-17 22:01:19

Nettjarp hope you are ok...

MegsMog Sun 14-May-17 22:02:17

Pinkle Purr by A. A. Milne. It always makes me so emotional. (Just like this thread 😭)

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