Good Old-Fashioned Fun

These books may have been written a long time ago – probably before your grandparents were even born! – but they are still fresh and interesting to today’s readers because they are so well written. I wouldn’t classify them as historical fiction, even though they take place in “the olden days” , before television and computers – they’re just great stories of real, spunky kids having fun. What on earth did kids do before video games?! Read these books and find out about simple pleasures, good manners, strength of character, and an unhurried sense of wonder about life. Sometimes it’s best to read these books with your parents, or have them read them to you at bedtime, because there may be things in them that you don’t understand. Times have changed, but kids are the same as always.

imagesRufus M (and all the Moffatt books) by Eleanor Estes

The adventures of seven-year-old Rufus Moffat, living with his widowed mother and older siblings in the 1940’s, including his encounter with an invisible piano player and his attempts at ventroliquism. The story of the day he gets his library card is one of my favorite all-time passages in children’s literature.

images-1Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

Nine-year-old Garnet ,who lives on a farm in the Midwest, finds a silver thimble in the dried-up riverbed and believes it to be a magic talisman. The summer proves exciting in many ways: the county fair, the new barn, the orphan who becomes a member of the family…and my favorite part: she gets locked in the town library overnight!

images-2Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

When her aunt can no longer care for her, Elizabeth Ann must leave her sheltered life to live in the wilds of Vermont with distant relatives, the “horrid Putney cousins.” In the beginning, Elizabeth Ann is shocked by country living–pets are allowed to sleep in the house and children are expected to do chores! How will the year on the farm change her?

images-3Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

A collection of six short stories about all-American boy Homer Price of Centerburg, U.S.A. who encounters a series of somewhat unusual events. Homer must deal with an out of control donut machine, a pet skunk named Aroma who helps him catch a band of robbers, the largest ball of string in existence, and he has other light, funny adventures in his small town.

images-4Nicholas series by Rene Goscinny

Written in France in the days when fathers all smoked cigars and headmasters assigned 100 sentences as punishment, Nicholas is still an engaging and hilarious read for youngsters and adults alike. The little boys in the book play games (like Cowboys and Indians) that are perhaps not politically correct nowadays, and “sock each other in the nose”. But it’s so well written and Nicholas is so mischievous yet innocent, most people should find it very humorous.

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6 Comments on “Good Old-Fashioned Fun”

  1. matt Says:

    rufus m. rocks read it now viewers of the website

  2. lilo Says:

    My favorite chapter was when Rufus got his library card to! It was so cute when he accidentally slid down the coal shoot. Then when he finely got his library card he went home, instead of waiting the till the next time it was open. Then when finely got his book he was so happy!

  3. Jodi Putnam Says:

    My favorite oldie book, was Anne of green gables, and also…..my mom named my middle name after her!!! IM SO LUCKY!!! 😀

  4. mia shifrin Says:

    Understood Betsy and Thimble Summer captured my heart. There both alike and both different but for certain there both good.

  5. Brooke Says:

    Rufus M. is so awesome. So read the book! I also like the chapter when Rufus gets his library card.


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