Thursday, August 22, 2019

Save the Story Series...Introducing Ancient/Classic Lit to Kids

I'm really excited about this new series that I found in my library called Save the Story by Penguin Random House. I am all in favor of introducing young children to the classics and ancient literature. Great stories have already been written, and we are ignoring and sweeping them under the rug for more mediocre contemporary stories. By doing so, young readers and older readers alike are missing out on a great foundation of literature.

The first book my kids and I read was The Story of Crime and Punishment written by A. B. Yehoshua. Having read Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment twice, I can tell you that Yehoshua did a fabulous job rewriting the plot for a younger audience, while keeping the storyline true to the original. Murder is a difficult topic to talk about with kids, but it was handled directly and honestly. 

The next Sunday at church, Pastor spoke briefly on the topic of murder, and my 10-year old leaned over to me and whispered, "...Crime and Punishment."

Someone was paying attention to the story...and the sermon!



The next title we were able to get from our library was The Story of Antigone. I have never read this, but it was written so intelligently and interestingly, that it kept us wanting to know more. I took note to get my own original copy to read. I will remember the story because I read this child's version first. 


We also read this one about Gulliver's Travels. Again, very well done and straight to the point. 

Not five minutes after I finished reading it aloud, I hear my 12-year old teasing his 10-year old sister, calling her a Lilliputian! Ugh. Big brothers!


Other titles in the series include the following; unfortunately, our library system does not carry all of them at this time. We shall have to wait. But if you can get your hands on these others, I encourage you to give them a try with your kids, or even for yourself. 
  • The Story of King Lear by Melania Mazzucco
  • The Story of Don Juan by Alessandro Baricco
  • The Story of The Betrothed by Umberto Eco
  • The Story of Gilgamesh by Yiyun Li
  • The Story of Cyrano de Bergrac by Stefano Benni
  • The Story of The Nose by Andrea Camilleri
  • The Story of Captain Nemo by Dave Eggers



       

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