Favourite Children’s Books

There are books that we have only read during our childhood years but that we will always fondly remember throughout our adult lives. Nevertheless, children’s book can also be appealing during adulthood, when we need to return to a world full of fantasy and hopefulness. I took a walk down memory lane and chose some of my favourite children’s books, although I have read some of them for the first time in more recent years.

 

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

This is one of the children’s books that I’ve read as an adult. It tells the story of Peter Pan, a boy from Neverland who doesn’t want to grow up, and Wendy, who assumes the role of the grown-up, despite being also a child. It is a tale full of adventure that focuses on the differences between childhood and adulthood.

 

Tales of Hans Christian Andresen by Hans Christian Andresen

I read some of Hans Christian Andresen’s fairy tales for the first-time last year. I was acquainted with several of the stories thanks to Disney adaptations, but the originals are far darker. I still haven’t overcome the sadness I felt while reading The Little Mermaid. I own the Walker Illustrated Classic edition which features beautiful drawings by Joel Stewart. Continue reading

Books That Made Me Want to Travel

Books have the phenomenal power to make us instantly travel to a distant or close land, which can be either real or imaginary, every time we immerse ourselves in the pages. Sometimes the desire to travel lingers after we get to the end of the book and the story is over. The wish to visit a different place may stem from wanting to know in real life the location where the story was set in or to discover the city or country the author has grown and lived in.

After finishing both The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and The Tales of Hans Christian Andresen by the Danish author and illustrated by Joel Stewart, I added Amsterdam and Copenhagen to the list of places I wish to visit in the future. Well, to be honest I already wanted to go to Amsterdam before I read The Miniaturist, but Jessie Burton’s powerful descriptions reinforced that desire even more.

Amsterdam is where 18-year-old and recently wed Petronella Oortman comes to live with her husband, Johannes Brandt, who offers her a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish it, she employs a mysterious miniaturist whom she desires to discover. So, she walks through the streets of Amsterdam and along the canals, which become frozen during the winter. As soon as I finished the book, I really wanted to get on a plane, stroll through the streets of Amsterdam myself, and sail the canals, flanked by the typically narrow but high buildings. Continue reading