Spring is upon us – or so I’ve been told. Looking out the window, I find it difficult to believe that winter is indeed waning. Sure, there are some signs that the dark time is past us – snowdrops have broken through the hard ground and daffodils are adding their bright yellow glow to the drab surroundings – but it’s still pretty cold and a bit gloomy here in Scandinavia.
Luckily, it all gets better from now on! And what better way to celebrate the slow but steady progress towards summer than with a bookish quiz about spring?! I’ve chosen to base this little quiz on famous children’s books because children are in their life’s spring – a time which the rest of us look back on with (hopefully) fond memories!
So let’s take a walk down memory lane and see just how much we can remember from a time when the world was still new and filled with endless wonder.
1. Which little creature is in the process of spring-cleaning his home in Kenneth Grahame’s famous children’s book ‘The wind in the willows’ from 1908?
a. A rat
b. A badger
c. A mole
2. “Spring had come once more to Green Gables — the beautiful, capricious, reluctant Canadian spring, lingering along through April and May in a succession of sweet, fresh, chilly days, with pink sunsets and miracles of resurrection and growth.“ Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery is another famous children’s book that lets us experience spring, but when was the book first published?
3. What is the name of the ‘spring pig’ we meet in E. B. White’s famous novel ‘Charlotte’s Web’ from 1952?
4. What is the name of the house where Mary Lennox is sent after her parents die in India in the beloved children’s book ‘The Secret Garden’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett?
a. Thrushcross Grange
b. Thornfield Hall
c. Misselthwaite Manor
5. In the powerful story ‘The Ugly Duckling’ from 1843, our protagonist has to go through much misery and hardship before emerging as a beautiful swan in early spring. Who wrote the fairy tale?
a. Brothers Grimm
b. Charles Perrault
c. Hans Christian Andersen
1: c – A mole; 2: b – 1908; 3: c – Misselthwaite Manor; 4: b – Wilbur; 5: c- Hans Christian Andersen
Which children’s book is your all-time favourite?