The TALK (Talk About Literature in Kansas) program is presented to us by the Kansas Humanities Council. Each year, a theme and its books are selected by the Meade Friends of the Library who have been sponsoring this program since 1986.
The 2012 theme for the TALK program is “Childhood Classics.” The books to be discussed are The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor.
Remember curling up in a chair with Charlotte’s Web, or climbing onto the lap of a favorite aunt to hear The Jungle Book? Such books entertained and educated us as children, teaching us about human nature, friendship and adventure. Today, the childhood classics have just as much, if not more, to say to us as adults. All the books in this series, by authors from Great Britain and the United States, speak of courage and faith, of insurmountable obstacles, character, and the power of love. They reveal our society’s most cherished visions of family life, and celebrate the power of the imagination to pass values and traditions on to the next generation.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Orphan Mowgli, raised by wolves, learns the lore and law of the jungle from wise Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear in this magical tale set in colonial India. (169 pages)
Four siblings discover a magical land inside the wardrobe and must find the faith, imagination and courage to help Aslan the Lion free Narnia from the White Witch. (189 pages)
Raised in Depression-era Mississippi, Cassie Logan learns strength and independence from her black farm family, but now she must confront the harsh realities of racial hatred and the threat of the night riders. (210 pages)