Following up our last post from our own Sadie Stein on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl,” tell us: What was the most emotionally wrenching book you read as a child?

  1. marie1106 answered: of mice and men
  2. kjsulli answered: Where the Red Fern Grows, by far. The Giving Tree and the Velveteen Rabbit were also sad.
  3. walnutcabin answered: Veleveteen Rabbit
  4. joanhan answered: The Little Prince.
  5. sjo499 answered: jeously
  6. ceruleanfinch answered: The Once and Future King
  7. pippiunderground answered: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  8. cutz answered: First one comes to mind:”101 Dalmatians” ages before I saw the movie. It’s not the most wrenching, but I still remember the adventure of it.
  9. refsandquotes answered: You And Your Amazing Mind (illustrated by Shel Silverstein). [Sadly, long out of print.]
  10. gloria-compton answered: sunrise to sunset,
  11. marcoromano answered: Exodus
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  13. tonyplaysthemambo answered: The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy
  14. samysailormoon said: Watership Down
  15. katethemusicologist answered: The Velveteen Rabbit
  16. neoncrayon answered: The Giving Tree, even if I didn’t fully understand it at the time.
  17. nearlya answered: The Velveteen Rabbit
  18. greatescapebookstore answered: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. I was 9 and wept with abandon.
  19. artsquirrel answered: LMG is it. I even THOUGHT abt it at the peoples hitstory museum the other day and got choked up in front of the exhibit abt match workers.
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  21. justmadforasentence answered: The Giver
  22. 142books answered: Charlotte’s Web brought me to tears but All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury haunts me still.
  23. semaj-p answered: Annie John
  24. rubarubadub answered: Black Beauty.
  25. eboim answered: Music From a Place Called Half Moon was the first. But Lord of the Flies was the first book I ever threw across the room out of passion.
  26. thatmooncricket answered: Shel SIlverstein’s “The Giving Tree”
  27. reblogofyuccaflats answered: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  28. moochiethinks answered: The Velveteen Rabbit. Hands down.
  29. str4-nger answered: hmm,pequeno principe
  30. lapetitefigue answered: the velveteen rabbit.
  31. dcsolomon answered: The Giving Tree is pretty sad
  32. blue-black-anchors said: Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
  33. lilitmarcus answered: I cried so much after reading Maupassant’s “The Necklace” that my parents kept me home from school the next day.
  34. frenchkinks answered: Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawerence It really provided some introspective into my mother’s consciousness.
  35. iamlegionforwearemany answered: Spirit Horse by Ned Ackerman
  36. visualsupplements answered: Watership Down; I’ve never met a male who didn’t tear up at the end of that book.
  37. theanj answered: Goodbye, Mr. Chips. I still find it wrenching.
  38. queenkitsch answered: Little Women. It was the first book I read where a major character died.
  39. josephhenrystaten answered: Shel Silverstein’s ‘The Giving Tree,’ no contest.
  40. robot-etiquette answered: Of Mice and Men
  41. gratia-dei-sum-id-quod-sum answered: I think it might have been “The little prince”. The end made me cry every time (even now…).