Recommended reads for December 2020
The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy
This is a lovely gentle read. The vocabulary is very accessible for younger readers. There is nothing horrid here. Identifiable characters make this a great first chapter book. There's a mean teacher, a kind teacher, some school girl rivalry, a slightly dizzy heroine and close loyal friend. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy. Kind of timeless.
A Bear called Paddington, Michael Bond
Can anyone resist the charms of Paddington Bear? Written in the late 1950s, Paddington was created out of the author's memories of evacuee children during the second world war. It's a powerful story about kindness and innocence. No doubt you've seen the film; now it's time to read the book.
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
First published in 1948 this is such a pleasure to read. Persuasively narrated by Cassandra, a seventeen year old teenager who lives with her impoverished family (the Mortmains) in a ruined castle in Suffolk. The arrival of two rich young men from America sends their world into a spin. Lovely, easygoing read that you can get lost in.