“The Wind in the Willows” is a children’s novel first published in 1908. It follows the adventures of four animal characters and is set in England. The book contains many themes and cleverly uses the animal characters to explore human emotions. The book has been a favorite with children (and . . . Read more
“The Secret Garden” is a children’s novel that was first published in 1911. It is considered to be an English classic and it has been named one of the top 100 books for children and the most important books of the 20th century. The novel has also been adapted for . . . Read more
Little Women is a well known novel that was first published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The novel follows the story of three sisters as they grow from children to adults. It touches on a number of topics and is considered a coming of age novel. The first . . . Read more
“A Streetcar Named Desire” is a play that opened on Broadway in December 1947. It is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans and follows the main character Blanche DuBois as she interacts with her sister Stella Kowalski and Stella’s dominant husband Stanley. The play has been immensely popular . . . Read more
“The Little Drummer Boy”, originally known as “Carol of the Drum” is a popular Christmas carol that tells the story of a poor young boy who is invited to play his drum for baby Jesus. It has become one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time and has . . . Read more
“Angels We Have Heard on High” is a popular Christmas carol that celebrates the story of the birth of Jesus, in particular the story of the shepherds near Bethlehem encountering a multitude of angels. The feature of the song is the chorus “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!” which the o sound . . . Read more
A “Brave New World” is a well known science fiction (sub genre dystopia) novel first published in 1932. The book features a futuristic society that is unified by a One World Government (the World State) under the principles of the mass production assembly line developed by Henry Ford. Since it . . . Read more
“The War of the Worlds” is a science fiction novel first published in 1898. The basic plot of the story involves an alien invasion of Earth and it is written as a factual account in the first person. This popular story has been adapted many times for film, television, radio, . . . Read more
Oliver Twist is a classic piece of literature that was written in 1838. The books subtitle was The Parish Boys Progress which was meant to draw a parallel to The Pilgrims Progress written by John Bunyan. The novel is the story of an orphan boy, Oliver Twist, and his horrible existence working in a workhouse in England. Oliver soon runs away from the workhouse to London where he falls in with a gang of pickpockets. In essence the book was a social commentary on the evils of the time which included child labour, use of children in criminal activities and the alarming number of street children in London in the 1830′s. The book has since been made into numerous films and television shows as well as a musical play and motion picture.
“The Chronicles of Narnia” is a series of children’s fantasy novels set in the fictional land of Narnia. It has remained popular since the first of the seven books was published in 1950. Over 100 million copies have been sold and it has been translated into almost 50 languages as well as Braille. Although each book was originally published separately, most modern versions include the entire seven stories. Since the last book was published in 1956 the series has never been out of print. There have been a number of adaptations of the series, including radio plays, stage shows, television series and big budget films. This has led to an increased popularity in the work. Let’s find out who wrote this popular fantasy series.