by Ellen at The Happy Wonderer
1. Three characters you wish were real so you could meet them.
- Maa Ramotswe – warm, wise and witty.
- Winnie the Pooh – he makes me laugh!
- Frodo – and Sam, Merry and Pippin – you can’t have one without the others – I’d like to sit in a pub and have a pint with them – even though I don’t like beer. I want to hear the stories and the songs and laugh together ‘til the wee hours of the morning.
2. Three characters you would like to be.
One of my all time beloved book characters – Lucy Penvensie. Who wouldn’t want to step inside a wardrobe to a magical world, dance with nyads, have tea with fauns and beavers, ride on Aslan’s back and be crowned “Her Majesty, Queen Lucy the Valiant”, grow up and then become a little girl again, ready for more adventures??
Heidi – I’ve always wanted to run barefoot in the Alpine meadows, eat bread and cheese and yes – even drinking goat milk seemed desirable when I was a little girl. Having tasted the real thing, I will stick to the cheese.
Maria Merryweather in the The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. It won the Carnegie Medal for children’s literature in 1947. One of my favourite books – highly recommended. The movie is coming out this year. I hope it’s worthy of the book but I have my doubts …
Three characters who scare you.
- The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come in A Christmas Carol by Dickens – the “silent phantom clad in a hooded black robe” makes me shiver.
- Uriah Heep in David Copperfield by Dickens – so creepy he makes my skin crawl.
- The terrifying Cossacks in With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz. I had to skip over some of the brutal and barbaric bits but this trilogy is a family favourite!
That was fun! Thanks Ellen!
3 book loving friends
And anyone else who’d like to play along – let me know!
Not many have heard of The Little White Horse. It is written by Elizabeth Goudge a British author and probably my favourite adult book writer. Her book Green Dolphin Country (Green Dolphin Street in the US) was made into a movie which I would like to see sometime. If you enjoy all things English, wonderfully descriptive writing, solid characterization, satisfying endings and writing from a Christian perspective, then you will enjoy her novels. They are my comfort books although she writes about real issues – they are not light in a frivolous sense – but they are light in the sense of being hope-filled.
I would recommend reading The Little White Horse with your kids before the movie. It’s a definite read-aloud for under 10s – over 10 they could do it on their own but it would make a lovely family read. Of course everyone has individual book tastes but you will enjoy this book if you like old-fashioned English novels like Francis Hodgson Burnett’s, combined with fantasy, good triumphing over evil, mouth-watering food descriptions and dogs. (plus a unicorn although I hope that doesn’t spoil the plot – some book jackets actually show the horn). It was J K Rowling’s favourite childhood book and one of mine as well.