lördag 12 juli 2014

The Book of Me - Childhood Reading

The Book of Me, Written By You is a project created by Julie Goucher of the Anglers Rest blog. It is a series of blogging and writing prompts that help family historians to write down their memories about family and themselves. Prompt 46: Childhood Reading.

I used to read a lot as a child and a teenager. One of my favourites that has also been made into a film (in 1956 and 1986) is the story about the orphan Kulla-Gulla. It is like a Swedish version of Anne of Green Gables but has a much darker beginning since Kulla-Gulla ends up living with a poor crofter and his family for a time.

The story takes place during the beginning of the 20th century, from the time that Kulla-Gulla is seven and an orphan who is sold to the crofter that wants the least money for taking care of her, untill she is in her twenties and is about to get married. The story shows what it was like for a lot of poor people in Sweden only a hundred years ago. 

There are all in all twelve books plus the one in the picture which takes place when Kulla-Gulla is living at the orphanage, and a picture book for even younger children. Kulla-Gulla is called Goldie and Anna in English and there are several of the books to be found on Amazon, for example Goldie at the Orphanage and Goldie at the Farm which are for younger children. Anna at Bloom Farm is the first in the series for older children/teens. I also found the books at www.abebooks.com.

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