Thursday 8 December 2016

Why reading is so important

Published 25/02/2006 | 00:11

One of the exciting features of this collection is its variety: among the chosen titles are American favourites like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women; books by our own Patricia Lynch and Eilis Dillon; two from the early eighteenth century ( The Swiss Family Robinson and Gulliver's Travels); and of course the late Victorian period and early twentieth century, when children'

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One of the exciting features of this collection is its variety: among the chosen titles are American favourites like The Wizard of Oz and Little Women; books by our own Patricia Lynch and Eilis Dillon; two from the early eighteenth century ( The Swiss Family Robinson and Gulliver's Travels); and of course the late Victorian period and early twentieth century, when children's books really came into their own in Britain, are well represented with Treasure Island, The Wind in the Willows, The Happy Prince, The Railway Children and Peter Pan.

In many there's adventure on the high seas, tales of survival in the face of mounting danger; there's suspense and excitement in every one. The fantastic alternative universes of Kate Thompson's Switchers, and of Alice and Peter Pan, will stretch every imagination.

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