The Purpose of Parenting

Today I have finally achieved the whole purpose of parenting, which is to read Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Little Princess to Klara.

The secondary purpose of parenting is, of course, to read Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.

I’ve been dreaming of this for almost 30 years.

Of course, I’ve had to explain what London, India, boarding school and a maid are, and that’s just in the first chapter. But we are going to watch the movie, and not the recent crap set in New York, but the real one, with Shirley Temple. That’s got to help the reading.

4 thoughts on “The Purpose of Parenting”

  1. But we are going to watch the movie, and not the recent crap set in New York, but the real one, with Shirley Temple. That’s got to help the reading.
    None of the movies are going to hew to the reading. Not even the silent one that predates Shirley Temple. Apparently just making the father permanently deceased and not actively fighting a war is unpopular with American audiences. Nor is identifying with Marie Antoinette. Just enjoy Shirley Temple being absolutely adorable.

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  2. I truly loved “The Brothers Lionheart” by Astrid Lindgren. It is utterly different from “Pippi Longstocking,” which you hated in childhood, so you don’t need to worry about that. Read this book (in Russian) in my 30ies by chance and was moved as I rarely am by any book whether for adults or kids. The beginning pulled me in since the writing is great and the boy narrator sounded like a personification of human kindness. It may sound cheesy, but it’s true. Here is the book, so you may see for yourself:

    http://loveread.ec/read_book.php?id=72367&p=1

    “Mio, My Son” is also good, and does not have the problem of “The Brothers Lionheart” which was criticized for “supposedly recommending suicide as a solution to all problems” (from wiki). I disagree with this reading, of course.

    Is Klarissa too young for “King Matt the First” by Janusz Korczak?

    The original (not Disney adoption) “Bambi” is also good.

    Now remembered “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. In childhood I particularly loved … “Urfin Jus and his Wooden Soldiers.” Now googled and found out I read Russian spin offs:

    “The second sequel of Volkov’s Magic LAnd series. The first one – The Wizard of the Emerald City is a loose translation of L. Frank Baum’s. The book was revised in 1959 and became quite popular in the 1960s, leading to five sequels: Urfin Jus and his Wooden Soldiers (1963), The Seven Underground Kings (1964), The Fiery God of the Marrans (1968),”

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