Thursday, May 7, 2009

Let books show you the way

People have long made pilgrimages to the locations of beloved books. Most recently Forks has been inundated with tourists from around the world eager to walk the same streets as the characters from the Twilight series!

If you are a lover of classic British children's fiction one of the most delightful books you can read is Joan Bodger's How the Heather Looks: A Joyous Journey to the British Sources of Children's Books. In the 1950s, Bodger traveled with her husband and two children, Ian and Lucy, around the British Isles. They visited the sites of many of their favorite books from Winnie-the-Pooh to The Wind in the Willows. They walked the same paths as Beatrix Potter and searched for signs of King Arthur and Robin Hood.

How the Heather Looks makes for inspirational armchair travel! If you want to try something similar closer to home, check out the Hannah West mystery series by Linda Johns. Perfect for mid-to-upper elementary and middle school, these are set in various Seattle neighborhoods (start with Hannah West in the Belltown Towers).

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