Thursday, 16 April 2020

Wilding, Valerie "Top Ten Classic Stories"

Wilding, Valerie "Top Ten Classic Stories" - 2001

Another one of those books that lets you delve into some books that you either haven't read or haven't read in a long time.

In this book, Valerie Wilding has a list of classics that kids also like because they are adventurous, even for today's standards.

The stories are all told in a modern way, a video, a blog, a diary, anything that kids today might use.
With every story comes a chapter that explains either more about what was in the story or the general topic from the story. Whether you agree with the list or not (I hadn't even heard of some of the novels on the list), this certainly is a great way to introduce children to classic reading.

This is her list.
10. Verne, Jule "Around the World in Eighty Days"
9. Nesbit, Edith "The Story of the Treasure Seekers"
8. Wyss, Johann David "Swiss Family Robinson"
7. Alcott, Louisa May "Little Women"
6. Rider Haggard, H. "King Solomon's Mines"
5. Baum, L. Frank "The Wizard of Oz"
4. Sewell, Anna "Black Beauty"
3. Brontë, Emily "Wuthering Heights"
2. Brontë, Charlotte "Jane Eyre"
1. Stevenson, Robert Louis "Treasure Island"

From the back cover:

"What are the greatest stories of all time?

Want to know which classic story has the number one slot out of hundreds of terrific tales? It could be …

Around the World in Eighty Days - Quick! Join the chase as Detective Fix follows Phileas Fogg and Passepartout to the ends of the earth and back again!

Black Beauty - Come along for the ride of your life through fires and floods and get the story straight from the horse's mouth.

Wuthering Heights - Mystery and romance on the moors with Heathcliff and Cathy. It's wild!

With top ten fact sections, including outrageous explorers' tales, a travel guide for fantasy islands, and ten real cut-throat pirates!

Classic stories as you've never seen them before."


  1. I will have to look into this book!

    1. It's just one for children but it was informative for me, not having grown up as an English-speaking child.