We have been reading a lot of The Famous Five lately.
"Come on Adam, let's play in the garden; it will be simply splendid"
While the boys are loving the stories and the idea that 4 children (and a dog) were allowed to go off on their own for adventures, I am struggling with the rampant sexism, racism, and snobbery. I'm becoming a past master of editing while reading aloud. The books are really very dated now (in the illustrations Julian is pictured wearing a tie!), but still enjoyable for their gentle adventures.