Best Classic Books

My kids are young: 7, 10 and 12, and we're just getting into the classics. They love what we've read so far. If you have a minute, I would like to read your comments on the favorite classics of your kids.

Charlotte's Web
I'm not sure this book needs a description, it is so well read. Charlotte the spider helps Wilber the pig to escape his fate of becoming a meal, only to live her own complete life cycle. It's the classic tale that explains life and death, and that life goes on. This beloved tale is a great first chapter book for six or seven year old kids.

Pinocchio: The Tale of a Puppet (Classic Reprint)
Pinocchio gets into so much mischief, like the time he plants his golden coins. He is quite a naughty puppet who frequently misbehaves. My children were all ears while I read this tale as another first chapter book. 

When Heidi's mom dies, she is sent to live with her Aunt. After several years her Aunt brings her to live with her grandfather high on a mountain top. Heidi is a flexible, happy girl adored by all. She adapts quickly to her new life and adjusts again when she is sent to be the playmate of a handicapped rich girl in the city. Heidi's tale, brings vivid scenes of life in the Alps and pleasure to young readers.

The Jungle Book

Several different stories were written as part of the Jungle Book. Some books encompass the first set of stories, some the second, some both and yet some a mix or overlap. Luckily, the order the stories are read are not of critical importance. The Jungle Books is the story of Mowgli, a boy growing up among the wolves and other forest animals in India.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Dover Thrift Editions)
After reading an abridged edition of Tom Sawyer with my son he was hooked, but it turned out he wasn't ready for the rich and complicated language of the original text. Just the beginning when Tom made his fence painting work more desirable than play to the neighborhood boys had me ready to read-on. I read the full version with my daughter at 12 years old and she highly recommends Tom Sawyer. I will try again with my son in a few years and I think he will like it too.

More of our favorite reads can be found on our Reading and Arts Page.


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1 comment:

  1. There are several times I've loved abridged books (like you mentioned with Tom Sawyer here) because they are so great for getting a kid exposed to and loving classic literature before they ready for the reading of long, complicated texts.


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