Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Day 1: A Classic Children's Book

Elizabeth Foss posted this nifty little meme about children's books, and I thought I would chime in. I don't have a clue about Instagram, so I will just play along over here. Feel free to join me - I would love to see your book list, too! When possible, I will include a link to Amazon for the books I mention (I'm not an affiliate).

Day number one is a classic children's book. As I looked over the list of topics this morning, I could tell it's going to be difficult to choose just one book for several of the themes. However, if there is one book I think every child should have read to them, it's Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. I have the unabridged audio book, too, and all three of my children have enjoyed listening to it in the car. *I* enjoy listening, too.

I have my dad's vintage Pooh books, and I do treasure them. They are just such fun stories, and they teach good things about friendship, doing the right thing, and courage in the face of fear.

I beseech you NOT to get any of the Disney-fied Pooh books. The language has been changed, for reasons incomprehensible, and they're just not worth your time. There is nothing difficult about the original books, and children will not have any trouble understanding them. There have been a few smaller books made of individual stories, like this one, if you feel you must have a picture book version.  Otherwise, just go for the real thing, and keep the readings short for younger children. My son, who is 5, can handle one chapter at a time, usually.

What is your favorite classic?

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