The Baby-Sitters Club!

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Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Hello bee  this feels like my life story.  I’m a wee bit younger as I’m 32. 

I started off school in 1990 struggling with reading. I was put in a reading recovery class which I presume is for the kids behind in reading. I got taught phonics and the like.

What really helped me is finding the Sweet Valley twins books aged 7. I was obsessed and spent my pocket money on these books. My mother hated them as she thought they were catty and she was right. However these books encouraged my love of reading. I read and read. My reading age was well above my peers. Come age 11, I was reading thick novels like the Secret Garden & was top of my class. These sweet valley books encouraged my love of English. 

So sometimes regardless of what kids are reading,  parents should encourage it. Reminds me I should get off the bee and phone more often to read.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wasn’t allowed to read these because they were American. I wasn’t allowed to read Enid Blyton because my mum thought they were sexist and she wasn’t too keen on Rauld Dhal because the main characters were orphans.

 

Thankfully she had no issue with Point Horror series or Jane Austen.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am older than all of you (40), and I am Australian, but I read them when i was quite young. I remember intensely disliking Mary-anne and Kristy (I hope I have the names right) but enjoyed the other characters. I think it was pretty wholesome, and got a lot of non readers I knew hooked ๐Ÿ™‚

I far preferred Judy Blume books though. 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Twizbe :  ha my mum thought sweet valley twins were too American too. I loved Enid Blyton – the folk in the faraway tree, famous five etc. also love roald Dahl – Matilda, bfg etc – we got read these books a lot at school. The bbc pride and prejudice is one of my all time favourite mini series. I have it on DVD. Love it. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

DeniseSecunda :  I read a few babysitters club books and I remember picking one aged 7 and a girl responded you can’t read that. Implying it was too hard for me! I wasn’t allowed to watch the series sadly of sweet valley

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Olivepepper :  Judy bloom was fantastic. I read them all! We also read Virginia Andrews in early high school. Her books are a bit screwed up

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

What a lovely post!

I adored the BSC books growing up. I loved the friendships and how they were depicted. Each had special things about them, and a reader could really identify with some of the characters and admire others. I LOVED Claudia and she was definitely my favourite; I blame some of my questionable preteen fashion choices on her for sure, and wished I were Japanese too – but I think I was actually more like shy, responsible Mary Anne.

My friends read the books too – we thought the BSC girls were all so very mature and motivated. A few friends and I tried to start our own club but it didn’t really take off. The books also made me want to eat all sorts of junk food we didn’t get in Canada, and I was fascinated with seeing NYC and California one day (California because of Sweet Valley as well!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

missviolet92 :  Oh heck to the yes they were. I read them too, ha ha. Cough, learned quite a lot from them. 

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

DeniseSecunda :  I’m not English, I’m a New Zealander but we are mainly from the Uk at some point. Even today our culture is very British. Like in England, traditionally we haven’t liked too many American cultural influences changing our society.

It’s happened a lot in recent years with American tv and the internet. Baby showers weren’t a thing 15 years ago, Halloween wasn’t either but now they are. This has overtaken some of our cultural things that make us New Zealanders or English. Even Black Friday has become a thing in recent years. We don’t even celebrate thanksgiving! 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Olivepepper :  ha and I bet our parents had no idea what we were reading. Flowers in the attic ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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