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100 Books for 100 Years of Children's Services - Part 1: Pre-1912

"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop," says the King to the White Rabbit in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Here is a lovely way to begin with some early classics of children's literature, still loved by children today. By Theo Heras, Mary Anne Cree, Mariella Bertelli and Martha Scott.

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Collodi, Carlo, 1826-1890.
Geppetto carves a marionette out of a magical piece of wood. Pinocchio, the little wooden boy, is lively and nimble, and his curiosity leads him to unexpected adventures.
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Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Tom is an idle, thoughtless, mischievous boy, but he is also high-spirited and liable to get into trouble.
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Carroll, Lewis, 1832-1898.
Alice falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a topsy-turvy world full of eccentric characters including the Mad Hatter and the Red Queen.
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Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud), 1874-1942.
Instead of a boy, the orphanage sends Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert impetuous, talkative, red- haired Anne Shirley. Despite her many misadventures, Anne captures Matthew and Marilla's hearts.
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Nesbit, E. (Edith), 1858-1924.
Five children discover a sand-fairy with the power to grant a wish a day.
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Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888.
While their father is fighting in the American Civil War, the four March sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy - make the most of their lives at home in a story filled with joy and sorrow.
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MacDonald, George, 1824-1905.
Watched over by her ageless, mysterious grandmother, little Princess Irene and Curdie, the miner's son, face danger from malicious dwarfs who inhabit caves beneath the mountain castle.
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Potter, Beatrix, 1866-1943.
Unlike his good siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, Peter disobeys his mother and sneaks into Mr. McGregor's garden to eat his delicious vegetables.
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Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894.
Pirates, buried treasure and mutiny at sea are woven into a story of breathless adventure.
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Grahame, Kenneth, 1859-1932.
The pleasures and adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and irrepressible Toad come to life along the river and in the Wild Wood.
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