The Famous Five
Biggie has to make a one minute speech at school today. He was panic-stricken that he had not done anything exciting yesterday to talk about until I reminded him of the story we are reading.
We or I mean he got two books from the Famous Five series for his birthday. I don't know who is enjoying it more, me or him! Last night we had to read a couple of extra chapters and peep ahead to see if the children were going to escape a dangerous situation. It was really gripping.
Published in 1942, life is wonderfully simple and carefree. Exactly as childhood should be. These days it's inconceivable that four children would be able to camp by themselves on a deserted island or go on half the adventures these children go on. It makes me sad to see how much the world has changed. But it's wonderful to see how Biggie's face lights up as he listens to the story and imagines himself as one of the Famous Five. I can let him dream a bit longer.