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Vi siete mai trovati in una libreria o in una biblioteca e avete mai pensato: “Vorrei avere il tempo per leggere tutti i libri che sono stati scritti nel mondo”? Beh, se capite la sensazione, abbiamo una stilato una lista dalla potete partire. Ecco cinque classici per bambini che in Italia sono passati quasi inosservati.
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Have you ever found yourself in a bookshop or in a library and thought “I wish I had the time to read all the books that have been written in the world”? Well if you understand the feeling, we have prepared a list to get you started. Here are five children’s classics that have gone almost undetected in Italy.

 

Charlotte’s Web di E.B. White – La Tela di Carlotta

Un classico amato da tutti i tempi nel mondo anglofono. Questo libro insegna ai bambini cosa siano l’amore, l’amicizia e la vita. Con l’aiuto di un ragno di nome Charlotte, la piccola Fern fa tutto il possibile per salvare un maiale nella sua fattoria. Charlotte, da un giorno all’altro, comincia a tessere ragnatele che narrano dei talenti del maiale. Nella speranza di salvarlo, Charlotte lo rende famoso

Perché dovreste leggerlo: insegna il rispetto, il valore della vita e mostra un’improbabile amicizia tra creature diverse.

Citazione: “If I can fool a bug… I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs.”

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – La Tela di Carlotta

This book teaches children about love, friendship and life.With the help of the spider Charlotte, Fern tries to save a pig on her farm.The spider makes up nice stories about the pig and the pig becomes famous.

Why you should read it: it teaches us about respect and the importance of friendship

Quote: “If I can fool a bug… I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs.”

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – La Tela di Carlotta 

A beloved English classic, this book teaches children about love, friendship and life. Little Fern tries to save a pig on her farm with the help of a spider named Charlotte.The spider makes up stories about the pig’s talents making him famous in the hope of saving him.

Why you should read it: it teaches us about respect, the value of life and shows an unlikely friendship.

Quote: “If I can fool a bug… I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs.”

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – La Tela di Carlotta

An all-time beloved classic in the English speaking world, this book teaches children about love, friendship and life. Little Fern does all that she can to save a pig on her farm with the help of a spider named Charlotte who, overnight, spins webs about the pig’s talents making him famous in the hope of saving him.
Why you should read it: it teaches us about respect, the value of life and shows an unlikely friendship between different creatures.
Quote: “If I can fool a bug… I can surely fool a man. People are not as smart as bugs.”

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Tom’s midnight garden by Philippa Pearce – Il Giardino della mezzanotte

La storia suggestiva di un ragazzo di città che viene mandato a casa della zia in campagna per le vacanze. Quando una notte l’orologio scocca il tredicesimo tocco (sì, avete letto bene!), Tom è curioso di indagare; quindi, si alza e scopre una porta sul retro che da su un giardino fiorito. E, indovinate un po’, il giardino esiste solo di notte. Tom fa amicizia con Hattie, una ragazza sola, e scopre che, nel giardino, il tempo si ferma. Com’è possibile?

Perché dovreste leggerlo: è un classico senza tempo. Stimolante per i bambini di tutte le età e, perché no, anche per gli adulti.

Citazione: “Nothing stands still, except in our memory.”

Tom’s midnight garden by Philippa Pearce – Il Giardino della mezzanotte

The fascinating story of a boy who is sent to his aunt’s house in the country for the holidays. When one night the clock strikes thirteen (yes, you read it right!) Tom decides to investigate, he gets up and finds a garden that only exists during the nighttime. He meets Hattie and finds out that, in the garden, time stands still. How can that be possible?

Why you should read it: it’s an evergreen. Children and adults alike can read it.

Quote: “Nothing stands still, except in our memory.”

Tom’s midnight garden by Philippa Pearce – Il Giardino della mezzanotte

The intriguing story of a city boy who is sent to his aunt’s house in the country for the holidays. When one night the clock strikes thirteen (yes, you read it right!) Tom decides to investigate, he gets up and discovers a back door behind which he finds a garden that only exists during the nighttime. He befriends Hattie and finds out that, in the garden, time stands still. How can that be possible?

Why you should read it: it’s an evergreen. Children and adults alike can enjoy it.

Quote: “Nothing stands still, except in our memory.”
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Tom’s midnight garden by Philippa Pearce – Il Giardino della mezzanotte

The enchanting story of a city boy who is sent to his aunt’s house in the country for the holidays. When one night the clock strikes thirteen (yes, you read it right!) Tom is curious to investigate, he gets up and discovers a back door behind which he finds a blooming garden. And, guess what, the garden is there only during the nighttime. He befriends Hattie, a lonely girl, and finds out that, in the garden, time stands still. How can that be possible?
Why you should read it: it’s a timeless classic. Engaging for kids of all ages and why not, for grown ups too.
Quote: “Nothing stands still, except in our memory.”

Watership Down di Richard Adams – La collina di conigli

Una banda di conigli deve viaggiare attraverso i terreni gessiferi, un tempo idilliaci, dell’Inghilterra per sfuggire all’imminente distruzione della loro conigliera.

Perché dovreste leggerlo: è una storia di amicizia e di coraggio che insegna l’importanza della cooperazione. É come un libro fantasy avventuroso, ma con i conigli come protagonisti.

Citazione: “They want to be natural, the anti-social little beasts. They just don’t realize that everyone’s good depends on everyone’s cooperation.”

Watership Down by Richard Adams – La collina di conigli

A band of rabbits has to travel through England’s downs to escape the imminent destruction of their home.

Why you should read it: it’s a story of friendship and bravery. It teaches about the importance of cooperation. It’s an adventurous, fantasy book, but with rabbits.

Quote: “They want to be natural, the anti-social little beasts. They just don’t realize that everyone’s good depends on everyone’s cooperation.”

4. The railway children by Edith Nesbit – I bambini della ferrovia

Watership Down by Richard Adams – La collina di conigli

A band of rabbits has to travel through the once idyllic England’s downs to escape the imminent destruction of their warren.

Why you should read it: it’s a story of friendship and bravery. It teaches about the importance of cooperation. Also, it reads like an adventurous fantasy book, but with rabbits.

Quote: “They want to be natural, the anti-social little beasts. They just don’t realize that everyone’s good depends on everyone’s cooperation.”

Watership Down by Richard Adams – La collina di conigli

A band of rabbits has to travel through the once idyllic England’s downs to escape the imminent destruction of their warren.
Why you should read it: it’s a story of friendship and bravery. It teaches about the importance of cooperation. Also, it reads like an adventurous fantasy book, but with rabbits.
Quote: “They want to be natural, the anti-social little beasts. They just don’t realize that everyone’s good depends on everyone’s cooperation.”

The railway children by Edith Nesbit – I bambini della ferrovia

È la storia di una famiglia che si trasferisce da Londra a una casa vicino alla ferrovia nello Yorkshire, dopo che il padre, impiegato al Ministero degli Esteri, viene imprigionato per essere stato falsamente accusato di essere una spia. I bambini fanno amicizia con un anziano gentiluomo che prende regolarmente il treno delle 9:15 vicino a casa loro. Il gentiluomo riesce a dimostrare l’innocenza del padre e la famiglia si riunisce.

Perché dovreste leggerlo: è una storia di resilienza. Inoltre, in questo libro pubblicato nel 1906, le ragazze sono intelligenti quanto i ragazzi.

Citazione: “It’s an odd thing- the softer and more easily hurt a woman is, the better she can screw herself up to do what has to be done.”

The railway children by Edith Nesbit – I bambini della ferrovia

After the father is sent to jail for being a spy, a family moves from London to a house near the railway in Yorkshire. The children meet an Old Gentleman who always takes the 9:15 train near their home. He helps to prove their father’s innocence, and the family is reunited.

Why you should read it: it’s a story where girls are just as clever as boys.

Quote: “It’s an odd thing- the softer and more easily hurt a woman is, the better she can screw herself up to do what has to be done

The railway children by Edith Nesbit – I bambini della ferrovia

After the father is convicted for being a spy, a family moves from London to a house near the railway in Yorkshire. The children meet an Old Gentleman who always takes the 9:15 train near their home. He helps to prove their father’s innocence, and the family is reunited.

Why you should read it: it’s a tale where girls are just as clever as boys.

Quote: “It’s an odd thing- the softer and more easily hurt a woman is, the better she can screw herself up to do what has to be done.”

The railway children by Edith Nesbit – I bambini della ferrovia

It’s the story of a family who moves from London to a house near the railway in Yorkshire, after the father, who works at the Foreign Office, is imprisoned after being falsely accused of being a spy. The children befriend an Old Gentleman who regularly takes the 9:15 train near their home, he is eventually able to help prove their father’s innocence, and the family is reunited.
Why you should read it: it’s a tale of resilience. Plus, in this book published in 1906, girls are just as clever as boys.
Quote: “It’s an odd thing- the softer and more easily hurt a woman is, the better she can screw herself up to do what has to be done.”

Black Beauty di Anna Sewell – Black Beauty

Il romanzo è raccontato dal punto di vista di un bel cavallo nero. È ambientato nell’Inghilterra vittoriana, quando i cavalli erano una parte fondamentale della vita quotidiana. La storia racconta le difficoltà e le crudeltà che Black Beauty deve affrontare a causa dei suoi indifferenti padroni mentre si sposta da un luogo all’altro fino a trovare una stabilitá permanente.

Perché dovreste leggerlo: gli animali hanno dei sentimenti. Cominciamo da questo. Inoltre, la storia parla dell’importanza della gentilezza verso tutti gli esseri viventi.

Citazione: “We shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be towards man or towards beast.”

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – Black Beauty

A beautiful, black horse is the main protagonist and narrator of this book. It’s set in Victorian England when horses were an important part of everyday life. The book tells the story of Black Beauty and everything he has to go through until he finds a home.

Why you should read it: this is a beautiful story about the importance of being nice to everyone

Quote: “We shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be towards man or towards beast.”

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – Black Beauty

The novel is told from the point of view of a beautiful, black horse. It’s set in Victorian England when horses were an important part of everyday life. The book tells the story of Black Beauty and everything he has to go through until he finds a home.

Why you should read it: this is a beautiful story about the importance of kindness towards all beings.

Quote: “We shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be towards man or towards beast.”

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – Black Beauty

The novel is told from the point of view of a beautiful black horse. It’s set in Victorian England when horses were a fundamental part of daily life. The story recounts the hardships and cruelty that Black Beauty has to face at the hands of her indifferent masters as he moves from place to place until he finds a lasting home.
Why you should read it: animals have feelings. Let’s start with that. Moreover, the story is all about the importance of kindness towards all beings.
Quote: “We shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be towards man or towards beast.”

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