The Most Beloved Children’s Stories of All Time

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There are a lot of great children’s books, and many up-and-coming writers are making big impressions on the public. No matter how entertaining the new stories are, there are some books that keep readers coming back to the bookshelf and dusting off their old favorites time after time.

Children’s books are some of the most beloved and memorable tales. They often leave an impact that stays with a young child throughout their lifetime. Even if you do not enjoy reading as an adult, you can probably recall a favorite children’s book – which you go on to pass down to your own children. The cycle of love continues, as the most cherished stories as retold generation after generation. Here are some of the most beloved children’s stories of all time.

Charlotte’s Web

E.B. White wrote “some novel” when he put Charlotte’s Web on paper. This tale is about an intelligent and very lady-like spider, Charlotte, and her unique friendship with a farm pig, Wilbur. When the farmer decides it is nearly time to butcher the pig for food to lay on the family table, Charlotte uses her wit to convince the farmer that Wilbur is a very special pig. Each day, she writes a message in her web such as, “some pig,” The praise leads the stunned farmer to spare Wilbur’s life and enter him into the county fair instead. A bittersweet ending reminds readers that a true friend should never be forgotten.

James and the Giant Peach

Written by Roald Dahl in 1961, James and the Giant Peach has been adored by generations over the ages. The plot centers around a young boy named James, who is forced to live with his two horrible aunts. One afternoon, James meets a man who gives him a magic potion. He accidentally spills this potion on a baron peach tree on his way inside his aunts’ home. This tree produces a giant peach as large as a house overnight. With the help of some new friends, James escapes his cruel aunts and goes on many incredible adventures by way of the giant peach.

The Sword in the Stone

This story is a fantasy that tells of King Arthur as a young boy. Written by T.H. White, the book describes how Merlyn trained the young boy to be the King of England. The plot is focused on the challenge of pulling a magical sword from a stone. Whoever can remove the sword is the true king.

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s story of the hidden garden remains cherished by those who read the tale. The main character is a young girl who was born to rich parents that never wanted her. They pass from disease in India, and she is taken in by an English family. The girl, Mary, learns of an abandoned garden and desires to seek it out, which helps her to shed her rude, harsh demeanor. Mary and her friend later discover a young boy living in a hidden bedroom and care for him in the garden, getting him in good health so that he may surprise his father with his good health. The father returns and is stunned to find the garden in full bloom and his healthy son playing among the beautiful blossoms.

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