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Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children: Selections from Shakespeare, Twain, Dickens, O.Henry, London, Longfellow, Irving Aesop, Homer, Cervantes, Hawthorne, and More Paperback – January 28, 1992
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If you like this book, you will like its companions: More Classics to Read Aloud to Your Children, and Classic Myths to Read Aloud.
The language in these stories is beautiful. The vocabulary is rich. The stories are legacies of our culture that ought not to be missed. As I listened to my ESL student struggle to read a story aloud from this book, my heart ached for our children and our culture. The love that I feel for these stories and this literature is deep and I know that I did not instill that love in my own children nearly enough. As the years passed by, we were so very busy. We had lessons, we had AP tests, we had service projects, and even though our home did NOT have a television, we were still running on empty on that hamster wheel of life. Please fill your children's tank with stories that should by all rights be a part of who they are. Take the time to read these more complex stories to your older children. Don't stop reading when they tire of Goodnight Moon and start reading on their own. Yes, they have to read "Heart of Darkness" and "Slaughterhouse Five" but realistically, these classroom tomes are boring for them, and although they might spark their intellect, they do little to spark the imagination. I am 100% sure that the "Common Core" will only make this worse, as kids will increasingly be told to read Microsoft instruction manuals for credit so that they can become little heartless proles for big business. But I DIGRESS! Sorry about the political rant.
Anyway, as you may know from my other reviews, I homeschool. Next year, my high school senior (finished with all available AP English related classes) will do nothing but joyful, imaginative reading for credit. We will also work on writing stories together. I plan to have her read this aloud to me. I deserve a story.
The book is broken into different age-related sections -which appear to be pretty accurate. My ten year old really enjoyed the reading of "Call of the Wild" (Level III for 11 yr old and above), while the 8 year old struggled with the language and lost interest.
The story lengths vary from 15 mintes to nearly an hour - the latter being a little too long for bedtime reading. Still, I recommend this book for introducing your children to some classic stories that "every kid should know".
Publishing companies have filled the children's section of bookstores with junk... title after title from the same dim authors, mass-produced drivel with no substance. I wanted my children to be exposed to better writing - to the masters, for goodness sake.
This book certainly filled the bill. It provides great samples of literature from a broad spectrum of writers and whets the appetite for more. Definitely a recommend!
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My ten year old likes to read out loud to the younger ones at bedtime. Something for everyone. All the kids (and myself) really enjoyed The Ransom of Red Chief, by O. Henry. Read morePublished 2 months ago by occasional reviewer
Classic stories. There are no pictures so these are stories to really read aloud and encourage the listener to make their own images in their mind. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JMLH
Is that for children? The vocabulary is too difficult for any modern child. it is mostly olden day English! Which kind of children are interested in old English?Published 11 months ago by Edmardo Galli
Good to read to your kids since these stories have been passed down for 2000 years, but be warned, most of the stories end with someone dying and learning a lesson from their... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Grant
Great classics, but the English is really above the modern child's vocabulary since it is mostly olden day English. I had to translate a lot.Published 16 months ago by M.L.