(urth) D'Aulaires books
Son of Witz
sonofwitz at butcherbaker.org
Mon Mar 22 19:11:08 PDT 2010
Thanks James. I'm saving this post, such great stuff. That must be
cool to have your daughter reading to you on drives.
I remember those Time Life books a bit, and my wife is incredibly fond
On Mar 22, 2010, at 5:49 PM, Stuart Hamm wrote:
> My 10 year old is allowing me to re-read her "The Phantom
> Tollbooth"...sigh...happy days!
I guess it doesn't take long. glad my sons are spread out in age. I
can enjoy this for some time yet.
On Mar 22, 2010, at 4:48 PM, James Wynn wrote:
>> Thanks John & Allan.
>> The D'Aulaires look great. I'll be picking those up for sure.
>> We watched the Jim Henson Storyteller: Greek Myths recently and my
>> loved them. I thought they might leave him cold. A few weeks later he
>> recounted the story of Icarus to me and said "he shoulda listened
>> to his
>> father" all seriously. :D
> I miss being able to read to my kids. Fortunately I still have one
> daughter who is willing to read to ME on long drives.
> Let's see (for what it's worth)...
> Check out the Golden Treasury of Myths and Legends by Anne Terry
> White. It includes Greek myths but also Persian, Nordic, and British
> stories. The illustrations are amazing IMO.
> You shouldn't miss the opportunity to read all the Winnie the Pooh
> stories to your kids. It's extremely enjoyable for adults but there
> is an age when a kid won't tolerate it.
> The Wizard of Oz stories are obvious choices. You get 14 volumes
> IIRC by Baum, but then after him there's Ruth Plumly Thompson's
> stories (whom Wolfe has identified as an influence).
> David Hartwell (Gene Wolfe's editor) produced the twin volumes
> "Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder" and "Masterpieces of Fantasy
> and Enchantment". They collect fantasy stories from the 19th century
> to modern times that are all just a little bit skewed from all the
> fantasy that is squarely in Tolkien's shadow. The collection
> includes Wolfe's "The Detective of Dreams" for instance. But each
> volume also has a story by Frank Stockton. "The Bee Man of Orn" is a
> story Wolfe would write if he could write stories for children. Also
> fantasy stories by Baum, Horace Wapole, George McDonald, Lafferty,
> and Philip K. Dick.
> If your son enjoyed Pyle's King Arthur then he would probably be
> able to appreciate Kenneth Morris' "The Book of Three Dragons", a
> free retelling of the labors of Manawyddan. The scene where
> Manawyddan confronts the literary critics is perfect.
> There's the Gormenghast trilogy. Some kids (and adults) *really*
> like it and some don't at all.
> The Complete Grimm Fairy Tales has almost a year's worth of nightly
> readings. The Windermere Series "The Arabian Knights Entertainments"
> is perfect for reading to kids. It includes the stories kids are
> most likely to be familiar with (unlike Richard Burton's translation
> which are almost unreadable and certainly unreadable to children).
> But perhaps a better choice is a large volume called "The Enchanted
> World: The Greatest Folk and Fairy Tales" which combines stories
> from the Grimms, Arabian Nights, Lang, Charles Perault, William
> Griffs, and others.
> Speaking of which, don't roll you're eyes but the 20 volume Time
> Life Enchanted World series is absolutely *packed* with readable
> stories from all over the world. Some of them are really creepy,
> which is appealing to boys. And the illustrations are phenomenal.
> You can often pick the volumes up at used bookstores for as little
> as $2.
> Also, the graphic novels by Jim Fitzgerald on the myths of Ireland.
> I tried hard to convince my wife we needed more kids, and the
> opportunity to read to them and teach them to read was probably my
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