In the words of Fyodor Dostoevsky, “The soul is healed by being with children”.
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Mathilda was an absolute gem of a child. If books were your pals (like they were for Mathilda) while growing up, chances are you’d have selected few characters you’d envy, love or carry a private emotion for. Children’s literature has given us many wonderful child characters that are still present with us. Alice, the teenage detective Nancy Drew, Tow Sawyer have all been etched as the eternal sunshine from childhood. The best part: they never grow up and they are immortalised forever as the child.
Here is a list of beloved child characters from literature.
- Hermione Granger – Chances are if you have read Harry Potter, you’d ship Hermione Granger more than anyone else. The smartest witch of her age is also the bravest and the kindest – all that even without magic. If you meet Granger, you’d wanna be her friend.
- Dorothy Gale – Dorothy from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is another likeable child character. After her house gets tossed in a cyclone, she finds herself in the magical land of Oz and befriends so many amazing characters.
- Mowgli – Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book gave us Mowgli – abandoned human, raised and coached by wolves, with Baloo the bear and Bagheera the Panther as his closest friends. Mowgli is famous and so cool.
- Nancy Drew – Nancy Drew is super intelligent with amazing deductive skills, with good fashion sense. A super sleuth in children’s literature.
- Harry Potter – Name a person who does not know Harry Potter. A gifted child, the Boy Who Lived, the boy who became an overnight celebrity, had a target on his back, attended Hogwarts, played quidditch. Harry Potter is everything we wanted to while growing up.
- Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain’s acclaimed protagonist in many novels, Huckleberry Finn is a naughty boy whose best friends with Tom Sawyer. He goes on adventures, rescues Jim and becomes mature.
- Mathila – Mathila is a survivor. She loves books and has magical powers that she uses for the good. She is a good kid. Even better, she is a good human being.
- Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist was homeless, joined gangs to survive. But Twist is only symbolic of extreme poor condition England was in the 19th
- Alice Liddel– Alice fell down the magic hole. Met the Mad Hatter. Had a whole lot of adventures. Alice became a synonym with adventurous kids who would rather spend an after under a tree, looking for rabbits than inside in a brunch party.