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Today we continue our look at memorable characters.  This time I’m listing some of my own ALL-TIME favorites from kid-friendly novels. 

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

First off, Pippi Longstocking lives on her own –what kid doesn’t imagine what that’s like?  She’s unusually strong, free-spirited, and funny.  Combine these elements and adventure is inevitable.

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

I love Ramona and seeing that there’s a whole series about her, apparently so does the rest of the world.  Who knew writing about a typical kid would be so popular?  We love Ramona because, we can relate to her curiosity, view of everyday life, and how she always finds herself getting into trouble.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is FULL of memorable characters, including the 6 Herdman kids who visit Sunday School for the treats.  In fact, these kids are so interesting, everyone in town comes out to see just what these kids will do during this year’s Christmas pageant. 

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Who doesn’t root for lovable Wilbur and cry over Charlotte?  –Wilbur’s feelings of fear and loneliness, but love for living.  Charlotte’s intelligence and her love for Wilbur.–The friendship between Wilbur and Charlotte, a pig and spider no less, is one of the most beautiful stories ever written. 

Now, of course, I have many other favorites.  But I am sure you are familiar with the ones I’ve listed.  Why?  Because the writer created such a realistic, life-breathing character that they sprang from the page and live forever in our memory. 

Want to improve your own writing?  Visit your local library and study these classics.

 

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