Ask: 5/2/11

Forget about sewing for a moment, what is your favorite book from childhood?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I really liked Enid Blyton’s Hanni&Nanny series…

  2. My favorite book as a young child was The Monster at the end of this book, staring Grover (of Sesame Street fame). I didn’t really want to make myself a big blue furry anything, so i used another book for my inspiration this week.

  3. I was a constant reader as a kid, so this question is awfully hard, but I will have to say the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.

  4. I looove The Monster at the End of This Book too, and gave it recently to my 2 yr old nephew, who decided it was “too scary” when his mom read it to him.

  5. My most loved book was Fables by Arnold Lobel. My mom still has it, and I love to take it out and read through those stories when I’m visiting.

  6. I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon, so much so that I keep a copy on my bookshelf even now (and I don’t even have kids!). Too bad he only ever wore pajama onesies.

  7. I was a fan of Where the Sidewalk ends.

  8. I read Anne of Green Gables first when I was 8 and reread it many many times since then. I have all the books of the serie. Wonderful reading time, love them most than any others!

  9. Too many to count, but my all-time favorite picture book is “The Elephant Who Liked to Smash Small Cars.”

  10. Oh! I loved Where the Sidewalk ends! I wonder if my mother still has it… I’d love to read some of it to my little cousins…

  11. Mara Donofrio

    definitely The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster :)

  12. Elmer:
    was a big favourite when I was very small, and I read it to my little girl now (her favourite: The Gruffalo) but I must put in a word for The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, or in fact any of hers….

  13. oh there are so many!
    But, I have to say that Madeline was one of my most favorites…that and Babar the elephant. I just loved the illustrations. I knew someday I would grow up to be an illustrator (someday?!)
    My favorite books to read my little girls are Eloise (all of them!) , I like myself, and a new one:
    ” Who wants to be a poodle? I don’t! ”
    love your blog!
    from one 40s gal to another…

  14. SO many! but probably one of my all time favourites is the owl who was afraid of the dark. Brilliant! To this day I say that the fish part of my stomach is full but the chocolate part i still empty! Its also a fantastic way to understand how to overcome fear, mainly by focussing on some part of it that someone else loves.

  15. Too many. I was and am an avid reader. The one that pops to my mind quickest is The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, by Dr. Seuss. But my mom loves to tell of how when I was really small, my favorite book was Pussywillow, and I had every word memorized and if she said something wrong or tried to skip parts (it was a rather long picture book) I would call her out on it.

  16. Oh I agree, Enid Blyton was definately one of my favourites- along with any of the Beatrix Potter books and the Chronicles of Narnia.

  17. I agree, The Phantom Tollbooth is a wonderful story. Every so Often I read it again, it’s just that good!

  18. Too many to choose from – I was a voracious reader. Firm favourites that still stand out to this day are Gerald Durrell’s ‘The Talking Parcel’, The Horse and his boy’, ‘Madelaine’ and anything Richard Scarry. And ‘Asterix’, and, and, and…. this could take a while :-)

  19. I really loved E.B. White’s books but especially Trumpet of the Swan. My favorite book when my kids were small: The Giving Tree.

  20. Gosh! I was a big Beverly Cleary fan especially the Ramona Books. Then I fell in love with Lois Duncan. When I was wee small I had a lot of the Richard Scarry books too!

  21. “In an old house in Paris, that was covered in vines, lived 12 little girls in two straight lines.”
    Madeline :)

  22. I know I read books as a little girl but I don’t remember what books I read. Very early I started to adult books. I do know I spent hours going over the encyclopaedia and Readers Digest. In the encyclopaedia I loved to look at the Egyptian section because of the clothes, makeup and Queen Nefertiti. I thought she was so beautiful and I love reading all about her and Egypt.
    But I do remember my boys favorite book and that was Richard Scarry’s big book “Busy Town” it had pickles all through the book and as I read it they had to find and count the pickles.

  23. I was a late reader, but I loved studying the Richard Scarry pictures and have happy memories of being sick and having my mom read Winnie the Pooh to me. My brothers and I memorized Dr. Suess’s Sleep book and we still recite bit of it to each other. After I learned to read, I feel in love with Roald Dah books.
    Alas, non of these are great for wardrobe inspiration– especially Richard Scarry! But I am considering making a Sneech Shirt.

  24. My favourite was ‘Baba Yaga The Cruel Witch’ (which I now know is a Russian fairytale) I read it so often that by age 7 I knew it by heart, re-wrote it in grade 2 story writing time and tried to pass it off as my own! (As a very wise 7 year old, I knew all about copywrite.. but since I changed the words mother and father to mum and dad, I thought I was in the all clear! lol.

  25. I should mention that after googling Baba Yaga there are alot of different stories… some look pretty scary. Mine was the one with the little girl who outwitted the witch and escaped using kindness. A ribbon for the tree, bones for the dog, oil for the creeky gate etc.

  26. OMG there where just sooo many! One that I read over and over again was When Hitler Stole The Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr. It was’t untill I was grown up (well sort of) that I realised that Judith also wrote the MOG books which I also adored as a smaller child.