It’s time for #6degrees. It’s unquestionably the least demanding bookish meme on the interwebs, so join in!
Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly meme hosted by Books Are My Favourite and Best. The idea is to start with the book that Kate gives us and then create a chain of six books, each suggested by the one before…
This month’s starting book is Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay an Australian classic. I haven’t read this although I do remember seeing this on my oldest sister’s bookshelves in her bedroom at home and I’ve heard the dramatised version on the radio. It’s quite a spooky story.
It was a cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred.
Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.
They never returned.
Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction the reader must decide for themselves.
My first link is to My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin another book from Australia, but this time a coming of age novel. I haven’t read this one either but I did listen to the dramatised version on the radio many years ago.
In this ironically titled and exuberant first novel, Sybylla tells the story of growing up passionate and rebellious in rural New South Wales, where the most that girls could hope for was to marry or to teach. Sybylla will do neither, but that doesn’t stop her from falling in love, and it doesn’t make the choices any easier.
My next link is for Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery another classic but this time from Canada. Another classic that I haven’t read, but I do remember the wonderful TV series with Megan Follows.
Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.
Thinking about spunky girls my next link is for Pippi Long stocking by Astrid Lindgren, a children’s classic from Sweden. I remember laughing out loud as I read this book to my son many years ago.
The beloved story of a spunky young girl and her hilarious escapades.
Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbour, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another!
Another book I have fond memories of reading to my son is The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Celebrate the original nine books that started it all! When Laura Ingalls Wilder first wrote of her experiences growing up in the 1800s, no one could have predicted the impact her stories would have on generations of children to come! Follow Laura’s life from the glorious days spent tucked in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, all the way through to her marriage to Almanzo and the birth of her own little girl in this complete box set.
My final choice today is yet another classic children’s book, The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting. I got a lot pleasure from reading this a loud to my boy, doing all the voices for the different talking animals.
Once upon a time, many years ago – when our grandfathers were little children – there was a doctor, and his name was Dolittle – John Dolittle M.D.
Doctor Dolittle likes animals. In fact, he likes them so much he fills his house with every kind of creature imaginable and even learns to talk their language. And when the Doctor hears of a terrible sickness among the monkeys in Africa, soon he and his animal friends are setting off on the most unforgettable adventure . .
From a spooky Australian coming of age story to an English children’s book via Canadian and Swedish redheads, and the Little House Series. Hope you enjoyed the trip!