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Posted: 24 April 2007 12:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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5th sounds about right to me, too.  I recall our 4th grade teacher read it out loud to us.

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Posted: 24 April 2007 10:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Well, I skipped grades Kindergarten to 12th myself, so I don’t really know what’s read at what time in school.  I know that in the higher levels, the students have to read lots of long, dull, plodding books that somebody somewhere has decided to inflict upon the schools because they are Great Works Of Literature.  I just read whatever was available, which often wasn’t much and which ranged from decades-old magazines to atlases to Andre Norton.  I never read any of the books on that list, or even heard of any of them other than The Borrowers and Tom’s Midnight Garden (and The Owl Service sounds familiar; I think one of the British members of the Forum might have brought it up once).  Other than those, all the books on the list are complete blanks to me.  As are the authors, for that matter.

I think I was in my late teens or early twenties before I tried reading the Narnia books, but I found them to be non-involving and never finished them.

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Posted: 25 April 2007 03:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was 5, and worked my way through the others soon afterwards. I’ve re-read the series many times, and still enjoy it.

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Posted: 25 April 2007 04:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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I never even heard of that series until the movie came out.  *prepares for beating*

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Posted: 25 April 2007 04:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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N E O - 25 April 2007 08:05 PM

I never even heard of that series until the movie came out.  *prepares for beating*

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Posted: 25 April 2007 04:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Um, thanks?
I led a sheltered childhood in the way of literature.

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Posted: 25 April 2007 04:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Yeah…I bet you never read about Nigger Jim, either.  tongue wink

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Posted: 25 April 2007 05:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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That would be a no.

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Posted: 25 April 2007 05:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Madmouse - 25 April 2007 07:49 PM

I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was 5, and worked my way through the others soon afterwards. I’ve re-read the series many times, and still enjoy it.

Yep, same for me.
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Posted: 25 April 2007 05:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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N E O - 25 April 2007 09:03 PM

That would be a no.

He’s a character in Huckleberry Finn.  It was banned from schools in more recent history b/c of the use of the word ‘nigger’.  I figured if you hadn’t read the Chronicals of Narnia, no way had you read Huck Finn.

I don’t think the Narnia series interested me until mom bought the entire set once (one of those cheapy Barnes & Noble type box sets).  Once I had them all in front of me…I didn’t mind reading them.  (I hate reading books w/ a sequal/prequal & not getting to read the others…I often ignore books from a series if I know I won’t be able to get my hands on more than just the one.)

I thoroughly enjoyed it & have read it more than once.

As much as I like the Lord of the Rings trilogy (which I never understood why it was a trilogy until I looked at the cover of the Return of the King one day…I have a set in which there are FOUR books, not 3…but then realized RotK was in 2 volumes).  The Hobbit is my very most favorite from Tolkein.

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Posted: 25 April 2007 05:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Oh sure I have read Huck Finn, like 20 years ago and don’t remember all the characters by name.  That was a common word in my family back then.

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