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Frugal Liing: Children's Books

July 21st, 2007 at 08:10 am

DS1 is an avid reader - so much so that it would be uneconomical to buy him novels to read. I have bought some encyclopaedia's, dictionaries and reference books, but for novels we tend to just borrow books from the local library. He has enjoyed the Enid Blyton series "Secret Seven" and "Famous Five", even though they are very old fashioned. I remember reading a "Tom Swift" novel when I was around his age (7), so I did a search on the Gutenberg.org site to see if these books were now out of copyright. Sure enough, you can download the series for free. One thing I did notice was that the language in some of the Tom Swift stories seems very *ist by modern standards, so you might want to either edit the text or use the books as a starting point for discussing how racial and cultural stereotypes are inaccuate and offensive...

Copyright Enough Wealth 2007

3 Responses to “Frugal Liing: Children's Books”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Similarly, my son learned to read from 1940's-1960's Jim Kjelgaard novels (One, Big Red, was made into a Disney movie.) centered on dogs. They are so peculiarly dismissive of women, verging on contemptuous. We have the whole collection and sometimes I think about looking for a child who loves dogs, but I'd be embarrassed --at the very least-- to pass along these books. I am both fond of and appalled by these books. I doubt if they've made it to Gutenborg, though.

  2. boomeyers Says:

    I LOVED the Secret Seven!! Read the whole series! Smile And don't forget those Bobbsey Twins!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, my gosh! I read The Secret Seven books from my elementary school library and then promptly forgot what the series was called and was never able to remember what it was when I tried to find it again years later. All I could remember was it had seven in the title and the kids solved mysteries. Thank you so much for posting this. I went and checked it on Wiki and its the right series! I'm so excited.

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