Reading these quotes, it seems to me that there are many profound statements in children’s literature and sometimes we don’t realize just HOW profound they are; we just know that these books charm us, influence us, and give us sheer pleasure to grow on. Adults often reread these favorite books several times throughout their lives. Put on your thinking caps, kids of all ages.
1) “Therefore, she decided that her leaving home would not be just running from somewhere but would be running to somewhere.
2) “Friday was back to normal, if the actions of suspicious would-be heirs competing for a two-hundred-million-dollar prize could be considered normal.”
3) He must indeed be their leader, for he was clearly the wealthy wolf, that is, wealthy as she had known the meaning of the word on Nunivak Island.
4) “There shall be no more tyranny. A handful of men cannot seize power over thousands. A man shall choose who it is shall rule over him. . . . We give all we have, lives, property, safety, skills. . . we fight, we die, for a simple thing. Only that a man can stand up.”
5) Surely that gift– the gift of a world of human decency– is the one that all countries hunger for still. I hope that this story of Denmark, and its people, will remind us all that such a world is possible.”
6) “I wonder if when you dream about somebody they dream about you.”
7) “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
8) “It is quite possible that an animal has spoken to me and that I didn’t catch the remark because I wasn’t paying attention.”
9) “Which would you rather be if you had the choice–divinely beautiful or dazzlingly clever or angelically good?”
10) The sheriff went outside to keep order, because there was quite a crowd by now– all looking at the donuts and guessing how many thousand there were, and watching new ones roll down the little chute, just as regular as a clock can tick.
11) I’ll take that sorrel filly of Rocket’s; the one with the cream tail and mane.”
12) “Peter! Peter! It’s on fire! It’s on fire! All the mountains are burning, and the big snow field over here is on fire, and the sky!”
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Answers to reading quiz:
1) From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
2) The Westing Game by Ellen Rankin
3) Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
4) Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
5) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
6) Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
7) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
8) Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
9) Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
10) Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
11) My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
12) Heidi by Johanna Spyri
10-12 correct: We all stand in salute to you! You are very widely read — lucky you!
6-9 correct: Good! Try some new book categories for even more pleasure.
3-5 correct: Keep reading! You are on your way. Ask your friends or folks what books they have enjoyed, and then read those so you can talk about your favorite parts.
0-2 correct: Build reading time into your daily routine. Make reading hideouts at home that are quiet and out of the way. If you have trouble reading, ask your teacher and parents to find out why, and what to do about it. Everyone should have the pleasure and excitement of books.