(urth) D'Aulaires books

Andrew Bryant ajustinbryant at gmail.com
Mon Mar 22 19:27:38 PDT 2010

My kid is negative 3 months and I'm already looking forward to reading
through this list with him. Is it too early to build up the library?

Anyway, thanks for the ideas, James, and everyone. I will only contribute
one title - "World Tales" by Idries Shah, the out of print illustrated
edition, makes great bedtime readings and the illustrations are amazing and
haunting, by about 30 different artists.

Costs about 30-40 bucks on Amazon.



On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:11 PM, Son of Witz <sonofwitz at butcherbaker.org>wrote:

> 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.
> em
> 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.
> ~witz
> 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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Andrew Bryant
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