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When a quote strikes a chord

Day 7 of our Advent Blogging Extravaganza…

Don’t you just love it when something you read really resonates with who you are, what you believe in and what you know is true?

I’ve been reading the marvellous When Marnie Was There, by Joan G Robinson, as part of my research for my MA creative dissertation. I’ll review the book properly at some point soon, but the ending to this magical story was incredibly powerful for me. I can’t say too much for fear of giving away the story’s final twist but I can quote the sentences that made me pause, and that actually mean a lot to me.

The first concerns the power of love, especially for a child:

“Being loved, oddly enough, is one of the things that helps us to grow up.”

The second is about how we often, unwittingly, create our own loneliness:

“She turned and began running back along the dyke, thinking how strange it was – about being ‘inside’ or ‘outside’. It was nothing to do with there being other people, or whether you were ‘an only’, or one of a large family… it was something to do with how you were feeling inside yourself.”

These are pretty profound sentiments to be absorbed by a child reader, but this is the beauty of good children’s literature. It doesn’t talk down to its audience; in fact, it respects their ability to think, to understand and to contemplate often quite complicated thoughts. I am glad that I am still learning so much from children’s books, and discovering classics like this that I missed first time around.

What are your favourite quotes or sayings? These don’t have to be from children’s books! Please do share anything that makes you think, that inspires you!




Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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