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Victorians in Year 4 - are there any good fiction books that will appeal to dd1?

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PoorOldEnid Wed 03-Sep-08 13:13:37

I would like to find a good book that will appeal to 8 year old dd1 that can back up her Victorian topic this term. My mind has gone blank. Thanks.

Litchick Wed 03-Sep-08 13:42:06

Secret Garden, Tom Brown's School Days.

PoorOldEnid Wed 03-Sep-08 13:49:52

oooh ta i had forgotten about secret garden

OhYouBadBadKitten Wed 03-Sep-08 13:51:02

Oliver Twist?
would help her appreciate modern life grin

PoorOldEnid Wed 03-Sep-08 13:52:16


she is in utter appreciation of modern life anyway as I am reading Little House in the Big Woods to her atm grin

flatmouse Wed 03-Sep-08 13:53:04

I thought "secret garden" Edwardian? Was Railway Children Victorian?

MorocconOil Wed 03-Sep-08 13:54:38

The Little Princess- Frances Hodgson Burnett

PoorOldEnid Wed 03-Sep-08 13:55:03

ooh we love that

MorocconOil Wed 03-Sep-08 13:55:53

Railway children was Edwardian I think.

RustyBear Wed 03-Sep-08 13:59:58

The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson

PoorOldEnid Wed 03-Sep-08 14:00:49

<<purses lips at jacqueline wilson but googles anyway in interest of dd1's education>>

RustyBear Wed 03-Sep-08 14:02:02

Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillippa Pearce

jura Wed 03-Sep-08 14:02:43

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Fennel Wed 03-Sep-08 14:02:50

The water babies? all about chimney sweeps and child death and morality. very victorian.

PoorOldEnid Wed 03-Sep-08 14:03:59

jura dd1 is not a strong reader although loves being read to.

Fennel Wed 03-Sep-08 14:07:30

Hans Christian Anderson is quite simple, the Little Match girl etc.

Little Lord Fauntleroy. It's emotionally cloying but children like it I think.

PoorOldEnid Wed 03-Sep-08 14:09:03

thanks fennel. Think i will do the little match girl tonight <<tucks tissue into jeans pocket>>

Fennel Wed 03-Sep-08 14:27:48

Oh, what about Heidi. If you will accept continental Victorian. I loved it as a child, and now we have a film version which has me in floods of tears every single time we watch it.

bundle Wed 03-Sep-08 14:28:18

they're all quite sad sad

Fennel Wed 03-Sep-08 14:30:17

They're all utterly schmalzy manipulative tear-jerkers. Children will probably love them.

General themes of child victorian literature. death. orphans. disability. poverty. misery. and sickly sweet do-gooders who win through.

I hope my dd1 does the Victorians too this year, she's year 4 too. I am looking forward to it already.

flack Wed 03-Sep-08 19:21:55

What about the Horrible Histories book on the era? Terry Dreary is doing series of fictional books based in different times (Ancient Egypt and Roman ones are out already). They are short but funny/educational fiction, I am sure he plans a Victorian bunch if they aren't out alrady.

Takver Wed 03-Sep-08 19:41:33

Wikipedia has a section on Victorian childrens literature here
Black Beauty good for an 8 yr old? (Have been wondering lately on rainy days if too sad for a 6 yr old???) Not so sure about Eric/Little by Little!

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