(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  
of them.

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  
>> son
>> 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.
> http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Treasury-Legends-Adapted-Classics/dp/B000P4HH9S%3FSubscriptionId%3D15HRV3AZSMPK0GXTY102%26tag%3Die8suggestion-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB000P4HH9S
> 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  
> impetus.
> J.
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