The Count of Monte Cristo

by Margy Ohring
(Virginia, USA)

Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo

My mother read The Count of Monte Cristo to me, a chapter a night, when I was just seven years old. I looked forward to bedtime, for it became a time of adventure.

My mother was a wonderful reader, made every character come alive. When there was something I didn't understand, we paused the story to discuss it until I knew what was going on.

This time was just for us; all others kept away.

It was a thoroughly delicious time for me as a child.

My mother introduced me to literature and made me love reading beyond most other things.

I am happy to have given this gift to my grandchildren. My ten-year-old is never without a book in her hands.

My mother started a wonderful family tradition. A trip to the library is as wonderful as a trip to an amusement park.

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Margy Ohring is the author of the children's book, Cat-House Sonnets. Visit Margy's page on this site.



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Heidi

by Aileen Stewart
(Shelby, Ohio)



Heidi is a book that has truly stood the test of time. Written in 1880 by Johanna Spyri, Heidi is still widely read today.

Growing up, I remember walking the four blocks to my library to see what treasures I would find to take home. As a girl, my tastes were quite eclectic and I read just about everything I found, but Heidi is one of the books I remember to this day.

One of the fun things about having read Heidi was being able to compare it to the myriad of movies based on the book. Some like the Shirley Temple version were amusing, but not very true to the book, while others like the version starring Jason Robards were much more accurate.

To me Heidi was a story of family, a story of how a child's love can soften even the hardest of hearts. The type of story that you want to have your children read because you yourself enjoyed it so much.

Webmaster's note: Aileen Stewart is the author of Fern Valley - A Collection of Short Stories. A SAHM with a degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Sales/Marketing, Aileen maintains a website, Fun for Kids.

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The Ugly Duckling - about more than looks

by Crista Stewart

The Ugly Duckling - this version is a Caldecott Honor book

The Ugly Duckling - this version is a Caldecott Honor book

I think everyone knows the book, "The Ugly Duckling"...it sure has stood the test of time!

(Webmaster's note: Jerry Pinkney's version is reviewed on this site. See the link below.)

The book's message to me growing up meant so much that just because you may be born the smallest one or may be different from the rest of your family - you never know what your future has in store for you...the concept is about looks, but to me it meant so much more than that! It gave me hope of what could be!

Crista Stewart

Read a review of Jerry Pinkney's version of The Ugly Duckling.

Crista is the author of The Little Frog.



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Fall of the House of Usher

by Julie W. Buscher
(Brighton, Colorado)

The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe

The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe

The book that frightened me the most was Edgar Allan Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher." This was required reading by my high school literature class.

One dark and dreary night, as I climbed our steep, squeaky basement stairs (my nose buried in the scariest part of the book), suddenly, without warning, my older sister appeared on the top stair stoop, beginning her climb down.

Horror of horrors! Fright! Startled out of my wits! I let out a banshee scream, the book flew into the air, ending up where - I do not know to this day, I grabbed the rail and held on tight to keep from falling down the stairs.

Unfazed, my older sister's said: "Well, what the heck is the matter with you, Juliaaaa?" That was the last Poe book I ever read.

Julie Buscher is the author of Homer the Helicopter.

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