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It’s A Gray Area:

Expand your children’s horizons

August 16, 2008|By JAMES P. GRAY

What are other books that are great for children? Again, I would be interested in your sharing your input with us. My favorites are Jack London’s “White Fang,” Pearl Buck’s “The Good Earth,” both Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn,” Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” (our wonderful father read the entire series of these books to us as children) and Wilson Rawls’ “Where the Red Fern Grows.” Many people also recommend C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and Dave Pelzer’s “A Child Called ‘It’,” although I think the latter book is pretty heavy-duty depressing for a young child.

Although reading is one of the most fun and bonding things a person can do with young children, I acknowledge traveling with them is not always fun, at least at the beginning. But once you start seeing the expansion of their development and general interest in life, you will fully know you have given them a great and lasting gift.

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So help to expand the horizons of the children in your life. It is one of the best gifts that a person can give, or that a person can receive.


JAMES P. GRAY is a judge of the Orange County Superior Court, the author of Wearing the Robe – the Art and Responsibilities of Judging in Today’s Courts (Square One Press, 2008), and can be contacted at JimPGray@sbcglobal.net or at his blog at JudgeJimGray.JudgeJimGray.com.

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