“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
- Groucho Marx
In this era of technology, mobile phones and social networking has taken over our personal lives. Reading books has becomes passé. But, books have always been man's best friend. Not only do they provide an escape route from the real world, they also help in getting acquainted with the society we live in.
Whether its school or bed time stories, no childhood has ever been complete without 'fictional' stories. At times our parents would read us books while at others they would conjure up a tale to put us to sleep.
On World Book Day, we bring you 12 children's novels that are bound to make you nostalgic:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Written by Rudyard Kipling, the Jungle book is the collection of short stories whose chief protagonist is Mowgli. Mowgli is raised by wolves and his friends are bear Baloo and panther Bagheera. He learns the tricks and trades of the jungle. The book was first published as a short story in a magazine and another book was published in 1985.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
It's been 150 years since Lewis Caroll wrote this masterpiece. It is still as popular as it was then. The story revolves around Alice, falling into a rabbit hole and landing in a wonderland. It then takes us on an episode with various absurd plots and characters. If this piece has in any way tickled your reading-bone, do go to your trunk or attic and take out the book you enjoyed most as a child. You will definitely enjoy it as much as you did then.
The Adventure of Tin Tin is a series of comics by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi. It is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. Tin Tin has been published in over 70 languages and has sold more than 200 million copies till date.
These collections of short stories are one of the most translated work in Indian literature. The term Panchatantra roughly translates to "The wise conduct to life". These are believed to have been written by Vishnu Sharma, an Indian scholar.