Friday, July 17, 2015

Feature Friday: The Best Parents in Literature

From Mental Floss:

30 Of The Best Parents in Literature


It’s hard to find good parents in fiction. A lot of books deal either with the lack of a parent or a parent’s complete unsuitability for the role. But there are a few good ones out there, parents who make you think, “Gee, I wish my parents were like that.” Behold: Parents (or parental types) we wish were ours—or that we wish we could be.

1. ATTICUS FINCH // TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD BY HARPER LEE

2. AND 3. ALEX AND KATE MURRY // A WRINKLE IN TIME BY MADELEINE L’ENGLE

4. AND 5. THE WEASLEYS // HARRY POTTER SERIES BY JK ROWLING

6. MARMEE // LITTLE WOMEN BY LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

7. AND 8. MR. AND MRS. LITTLE // STUART LITTLE BY EB WHITE

9. AND 10. MA AND PA INGALLS // LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE BY LAURA INGALLS WILDER

11. AND 12. MR. AND MRS. QUIMBY // RAMONA SERIES BY BEVERLY CLEARY

13. - 16. BALOO THE BEAR, BAGHEERA THE BLACK PANTHER, AND THE WOLVES // THE JUNGLE BOOK BY RUDYARD KIPLING

17. AND 18. THE GILBRETHS // CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN BY FRANK BUNKER GILBRETH, JR., AND ERNESTINE GILBRETH CAREY

19. AND 20. THE CUTHBERTS // ANNE OF GREEN GABLES BY LM MONTGOMERY

21. AND 22. CARACTACUS AND MIMSIE POTT // CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG: THE MAGICAL CAR BY IAN FLEMING

23. CARSON DREW // THE NANCY DREW MYSTERY SERIES BY CAROLYN KEENE

24. AND 25. BEN MOORE AND CILLIAN BOYD // THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, CHAOS WALKING SERIES BY PATRICK NESS

26. SAM GRIBLEY’S DAD // MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN BY JEAN CRAIGHEAD GEORGE

27. MAME DENNIS // AUNTIE MAME: AN IRREVERENT ESCAPADE BY PATRICK DENNIS

28. KATIE NOLAN // A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN BY BETTY SMITH

29. MRS. FRISBY // MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH BY ROBERT C. O'BRIEN

30. THE MAN // THE ROAD BY CORMAC MCCARTHY


Who else belongs on this list?

9 comments:

  1. Dallin would be thrilled that you have "The Man" from the road on here.
    I love the Ingalls! Have you heard of the new autobiography they published of Laura Ingalls Wilder? The one thing I've read about it is that Pa isn't so angelic. I don't think I want to read it, I don't know if I can handle Pa being anything but perfectly wonderful.

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    1. I haven't heard about that LIW autobiography! I loved those books growing up. But if it makes the characters out to be anything other than how they're portrayed in the Little House books, I don't think I could handle it either.

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  2. I love that Atticus is #1 on this list! I love this list and the idea about great parents in literature! Great choices as well!

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    1. Good parents are so often missing in literature, especially in YA, so it's nice to see where some good examples can be found.

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  3. Great list! And, I'm happy to see Atticus is first. He's my favorite as well. :D

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  4. From the ones I've read and can have an opinion about I totally agree!

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    1. Cool! Literature has some great examples of parenting, if you know where to look.

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  5. Just finished "The Road" and HOLY COW. Crazy good, I loved it. And yes, yes, yes. The Man is an incredible parent. I'm also glad that Harry Potter World is adequately represented as well, of course :)

    I've heard someone say that Atticus is brought down a several pegs in Harper Lee's, "Go Set a Watchman." Several have been frustrated by his depiction. This may be bad but that almost (but not quite) makes me want to avoid it because I hate it when characters I pedestalize are all of a sudden moral, fallible, stupid humans! But if you follow Dave Fife's reviews on goodreads, his explanation of Atticus and his depiction in GSaW is encouraging. Have you ever avoided reading a book because it may "ruin" a character for you?

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