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March Selections

March 1, 2012

This month we are are doing something a little different. We’ve selected three “nostalgia” books. You can read one or two or all three.

Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White

“Some Pig”

These are the words in Charlotte’s web, high in the barn. Her spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, as well as the feelings of a little girl named Fern … who loves Wilbur, too. Their love has been shared by millions of readers.

“Charlotte’s Web” remains one of the most cherished children’s stories of all time.

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mary Lennox, a bitter and spoiled upper-class child, orphaned in India, is sent back to England to live with her reclusive uncle Mr. Craven at his manor. At first, Mary is “quite contrary” and a scourge of the household, until the gentle magic of the countryside and those who work the earth begins to have its effect on her. Since her uncle is mostly away on travels, Mary begins to run wild, and makes many discoveries on the estate grounds, including a secret walled-off garden that has been locked up and forbidden for anyone to enter. She finds the key by accident when watching the antics of a wild bird, then discovers the hidden door, and starts exploring.

But the garden is not the only secret in the household. The crying at night that Mary occasionally hears in the manor belongs to a mysterious young invalid boy Colin, locked away not unlike the garden itself.

Spring is coming. Mary and Colin meet, their tempers collide and explode in vital bloom as does the garden, and at last, oh-so many things are brought back to life.

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

Precocious, talkative Anne comes from an orphanage to live on a Canadian farm, where the lively 11-year-old transforms her guardians’ placid world with her fanciful chatter and innocent mischief. Anne’s goodwill, intelligence, and joie de vivre ultimately endear her to her friends and neighbors as well as readers everywhere.




The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Amy Tams’s house. In the meantime, check back for meeting reminders, links to information on the book, and more. Happy reading!

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