A friend recently mentioned that she and her daughter stopped reading the Anne of Green Gables books because her 7-year-old was not interested in Anne's courtship by Gilbert, her career, marriage, or motherhood. That comment got me thinking about series that follow a character from early childhood through to adulthood. In addition to Anne, Betsy-Tacy and the Little House books came immediately to mind. While, Type-A personality that I am, I am a big believer in reading a series start to finish, it is hard when the character ages faster than the reader! We are reading Little Town on the Prairie right now, in which Laura is 15, just meeting her future husband, and planning for her career as a teacher (which back then could start at age 16!). So far my daughter still seems interested, but I wonder if and when that interest will wane.
Did you/your child read these series straight through or return to them later? Can you think of any other series that present the same issue?