Everyone loves a classic novel, but no one knows the answer of where to start? From Jane Austen to Charles Dickens to Louisa May Alcott to Lucy Maud Montgomery. The fiction canon is so vast that you can easily get lost in it. The resulting list of Remarkable Classics Revisited: Part 2 is a perfect way to find inspiration to start or rekindle your adventure.
If you end up loving this you can also check out these 5 Exceptional Books by Charles Dickens recommended by Podium School to all their lovely readers. Don’t you also forget to check out Best Classic Books for the Younger Generation, the part 1 of this list.
What makes a classic book a classic? I think if people are still reading the book 50 years after it was published then it’s probably a classic. Now that’s just our definition of it at Podium School, yours may be a completely different one. Whatever the definition may be classics are definitely worth the read, and should be read by everyone. And to be completely candid classic or not it needs to be read if it’s a book. That’s what the whole point of it is.
Let’s look at the list now.
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Little Women may be a simple story about the life of the four March sisters, but the message is far from trivial. This classic novel for children shows the struggle of balancing the personal growth of each woman and their familial responsibilities. Aside from that, the sisters showed the different kinds of a woman as per norms during the nineteenth century. This book is recommended as a must-read to every young adult who’s struggling to find one’s identity. We shouldn’t be restricted by what society dictates for us. Additionally, be your own person and express yourself freely, but don’t forget to be responsible too.
Readers see themselves in the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, who all feel so real. So, it comes as no surprise to learn that Little Women is a semi-autobiographical retelling of The author’s life.
Anne of Green Gables
Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is a sentimental but charming coming-of-age story. The story is about a spirited and unconventional orphan girl named Anne. Who finds a home with elderly siblings, became a classic of children’s literature and led to several sequels. Anne Shirley, the protagonist of Anne of Green Gables, can be seen with an early description of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This book which is a fiction is so ahead of it’s time, making it a must read for all children.
Written for all ages, it has been considered a classic children’s novel since the mid-20th century. There are six books in the classic Anne of Green Gables series and three more focusing on Anne Shirley’s children. Montgomery went on to write other related books and collections set on the charming Prince Edward Island.
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
The second book in our Remarkable Classics Revisited: Part 2 list is Treasure Island. The story is about Jim, a young boy who goes in search of treasure after finding a treasure map. Jim faces shipwreck, a pirate mutiny, and sword fights. Jim’s tale is a rags-to-riches story of a young boy who overcomes the odds. This book teaches young kids valuable lessons such as there is always another way out of things and there is always a plan. Which is why we at Podium School we believe Treasure Island is a good book for younger ages and is an inspirational book for all ages.
Robert Louis Stevenson published a fictional tale of adventure about an expedition to an unnamed Caribbean island, where the characters travel to recover a treasure. The treasure however had been buried there in 1750, and had a map that was in Stevenson’s Treasure Island book was drawn by him and his father. Interestingly, this map probably is the most famous treasure map in the world.
Author: Daniel Defoe
Robinson Crusoe, as a young and impulsive wanderer, defied his parents and went to sea. He was involved in a series of violent storms at sea and was warned by the captain that he should not be a seafaring man. Ashamed to go home, Crusoe boarded another ship and returned from a successful trip to Africa. While the book does use some confusing language at times, the creative results it produces are greatly entertaining. This book is recommended for 9-year-olds upwards, since it gives a valuable lesson. It says a person can succeed against all odds with the right combination of hard work, planning, thrift, resourcefulness, and religious faith.
Despite its simple narrative style, Robinson Crusoe was well received in the literary world. It is often credited as marking the beginning of realistic fiction as a literary genre. The most significant importance of Robinson Crusoe is its status as one of the first fiction novels in the English language. Dozens of derivative works were published, after the novel’s publication, which includes critical and satirical works, including Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels.
Author: Johanna Spyri
Johanna Spyri’s heart-warming story was based on the real-life adventures of Heidi Schwaller, 92, who grew up near Chur in the Swiss Alps. This was because Spyri was drawn to Heidi and her grandfather and took an interest in the child’s welfare.
Heidi’s main theme is the restorative and healing power of nature. As the telling of the story goes up on the mountain peak where the grandfather lives, all is pure. The air is crisp and invigorating, and the discerning goats saunter about picking the finest herbs to eat, thereby ensuring they produce the choicest milk. This is one of those classics, therefore Podium School recommends this to anyone that is 11 years and upwards. It teaches you about the power of friendship and the main character of Heidi will become your favorite. She’s a jovial, radiant, chirpy girl who is always grateful and contented, no matter what her situation.
We at podium School truly hope you’ve had a fun time going through Remarkable Classics Revisited: Part 2. However, there are several classics out there apart from the ones listed above that you can lay your hands on to read. And if you do we guarantee it will make you eternally grateful to yourself for doing such a remarkable thing, as reading is one of the finest hobbies a man can possess. It brings nothing but joy and knowledge.
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