"With its wealth of information that ranges from book clubs for young people to notes about obstacles to reading and comprehension and the myriad benefits of classics, CLASSICS: Why And How We Can Encourage Children To Read Them is a treasure trove of insights highly recommended for teachers and adults who want to pass on the legacy of classic reading to kids."--D.Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.
"Beautifully presented, authoritative and articulate, Classics: Why and How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them is an absolute must read and is recommended without reservation." - Book Viral.
"Classics: Why We Should Encourage Children to Read Them does what it sets out to do, and it will probably get a goodly percentage of its readers to consider diving into a classic novel themselves. It's highly recommended. "-Reviewed by John Magnus for Readers' Favorite
"All of us could take a page from Pathan's Classics and begin to read, reread, and encourage our children to explore the time-honoured books of our heritage. " - RECOMMENDED by the US Review of Books.
"Pathan's writing style is precise and to-the-point, and the book is a joy to read." - Reviewed by Caroline Blaha-Black for the US Review of Books
Classics: How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them (Volume 2) is a marvelous and innovative educational text and it's most highly recommended." -Reviewed by John Magnus for Readers' Favorite.
"This is a great learning tool for teachers, parents, and students, and also for anyone who loves classic literature." -RECOMMENDED by the US Review of Books.
"You have created a thorough yet concise guide that should be of interest to parents and educators." -Judge, 23rd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards."
"You do a good job of addressing a wide audience some of whom will have a lot of experience with education and/or literature and others that will not." -Judge, 23rd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards."
Gold Medal- 2016 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards (Non-fiction/Education)
The Mom's Choice Awards ® Silver Medal (Kindle Version)
2015 Beverly Hills International Book Awards- Education/Academic
Pinnacle Book Achievement Award -Education
Bronze Medal- 2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards (Non-fiction/Education)
The Mom's Choice Awards ® Silver Medal (Kindle Version)
4th Beverly Hills International Book Awards- Education/Academic
2015 Eric Hoffer Book Awards- Honorable Mention (eBook Non-fiction category)
2016 EPIC EBook Awards - Finalist Non-Fiction
2015 Next Generation Indie book Awards - Finalist (Education/Academic)
2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards - Finalist (How-to)
From the Author
I have received numerous awardsand recognitions for my "Classics series," but I still have a long way to go to reach my goals in the reading of erudite literature. What is important to me are the simple things of life which are done in an extraordinary manner. To recline on my revolving chair at ease with the world and what it stands for, with a good classic to read, maybe Dombey and Son, one of Charles Dickens's masterpieces resting upon my large rotund belly, and read about Florence's tears which over the years have become my own.
However, before I can commencethe continuation of the reading of my chosen classic, my shirt sleeve is tugged at. I look down and gaze lovingly at my student, age eleven years and in the sixth-grade. She is Sameera. She smiles and in her hand is Frank L. Baum's, The Wizard of Oz. She is in the middle of Chapter 9, and it's very exciting, and most importantly, it is a classic.
I leave her to explore the wonderful Emerald City sitting on a stool next to me, and with a warm feelingof contentment flooding my heart, I return to my Dickens.
For it is in doing the ordinary things for our wards that we contribute in an extraordinary and positive way to the preservation and enrichment of humanity in them and us.
I wish to combine my two books in the "Classic series" for the benefit of educators, and all those who are involved in the betterment of our children, our future. However, it would be unjust, nay, ridiculous of me to not include in this combined edition the importance and impact that the reading of classics has had on my own life. If I come across to you as a happy and blessed human being, I assure you that books have had and still play an important part in this instance, especially the reading and rereading of classics.
If you trust a book lover'sword, then read on about how classics have influenced and educated me from my school days to being the writer, teacher, and publisher I am today. As I always tell my pupils and well-wishers in the literary world-the classics were there when my father, wasn't there. My father abandoned me when I was an infant, onlya few months into the world... because I wasn't a boy. I was fortunate to have had a strong and independent mother, who brought me up on her own in my maternal home after my father asked her to take me and leave his parents' abode ofsuperstition and decadent thoughts.
Who then became my father? Who became the masculine support that I craved for every time I used to see in myschool, little children like me being pampered and loved by their fathers?Maybe Bram Stoker? Maybe Charles Dickens? Maybe Wilkie Collins? Maybe Jules Verne? Maybe H.G. Wells?Maybe Oscar Wilde? Maybe Edgar Allan Poe? Or maybe it wasn't the authors, butthe evergreen and immortal cast of characters in their books who became part ofthe paternal aspect of my upbringing. Nevertheless, major characters providedwhat I most needed growing up; characters such as Van Helsing for his wisdom,Sherlock Holmes for his rationalism, DavidCopperfield for encouraging me to overcome despair, DoctorDolittle for his love of the animal kingdom, Peter Pan for his innocence, Don Quixotefor pursuing his dreams. I recently told my sixth-graders that I have a rich parentage.
When my father was not there,these books filled up the gaping emptiness in my heart and in my consciousness. I became them, and I think sometimes, they became me.
So please read the classics, and encourage your friends and children to read them. Live life to the fullest and serve humanity. Keep on reading and do not despair. For as much as we love our children, the classics love us even more. If they could be a father to me, thensurely, they can at least be your friend!
Trust them, you and your progeny,won't regret it.