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Books that little girls will adore this Christmas season

Updated on August 23, 2013

Marvellous books for Christmas time

Christmas is not far off now. In a world that is saturated with so much information, these books will take you to a time that is slower, filled with the gentler pleasures. If you've wondering what to buy a little girl, here are some suggestions for books that are very likely to please. I've adored these books for years and have read and re-read them countless times even as an adult. When things get to be too much, I turn to my childhood favourites and they always make me feel better. So if you want to buy something that will be treasured through the years I do hope you will turn to one of these classics. If you've not read them before, it's never too late to be lost in the magic of Moonacre or the wonder of falling in love for the very first time.

1. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

This is a magical book filled with a wonderful cast of characters. The reader is swept away by the events and the descriptions will enchant and possibly lead to a decorating project for some young lady's room for every heroine needs a room up in a tower with a kingdom to rule over. This book was made into a magic film titled The Secret of Moonacre. It's not as good as the book, but then most fans will say that. However, the film is really well done.

The Little White Horse was supposedly one of J.K. Rowling's favourite books as a child. Little doubt then that it is sure to be a spiffing read.

2. Daddy Long-legs by Jean Webster

For the young lady who is just discovering the romance genre this is a delightful book. Judy is fresh and engaging, a girl who is both humorous and outspoken, yet unfailing kind.

3. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

By the author of The Secret Garden, this book is all about being your best, even when life is hard and unfair. No girl should let circumstance force her to behave in a way that is in anyway other than her best. Sara may have lost all her fortune, but she remains a lady, a princess even in her rags. This is true nobility of spirit.

4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Once having mentioned A Little Princess I couldn't in good conscience leave out this other favourite by the same author. It tells the story of Mary Lennox who comes to live with her uncle in his manor upon the moors. The dark mystery that surrounds her cousin Colin is contrasted by the healing and life-giving qualities that can be found in the out-doors and gardening. It is a beautiful story that demonstrates the spoiled rich child versus the more down-to-earth Dickin. A really wonderful story to teach children about true nobility of spirit, of seeing people for who they are inside, and not through outward manifestations. It also teaches children that those who have all the material possessions are not always the happiest.

5. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

This is a delightful tale about Fern and her pig Wilbur who made a true and dear friend in the very clever gray spider named Charlotte. The imagination, simplicity and honesty that rings out in this very poignant story will be loved by girls of all ages. A truly good book to give at Christmas, especially because it teaches the value of doing one's best, and the amazing power of friendship.

6. Matilda by Roald Dahl

This is the story of a little girl who is a genius with parents who just don't understand her desire for books and knowledge. A lovely book that is sure to get your child or youngster reading, if only be to more like the wonderous Matilda. A really good book I have enjoyed reading out loud time and time again.

7. Flambards by K. M. Peyton

This is a collection of four books set at the turn of the 20th century when cars and aeroplanes were starting to replace horses. It traces the story of Christina who comes to live with her uncle Russell at Flambards an old country estate famous for its hunting and horses. Old uncle Russell has two sons, Mark, who is horse and hunting mad, and William, whose passion is flying. Christina happily fits into both worlds and the stories trace her live and loves as she grows to maturity. Furthermore, the story and its plot thickens with the inclusion of Dick, the stable lad who in time becomes rather dear to Christina. This is a series of books filled with horses, the first world war and the difficulties of the British class system. A truly gripping and worthy addition that any girl is sure to adore.


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