Let me tell you about one of my more inane book purchases from this past year. It is Barbara Cohen’s Canterbury Tales, and I had originally chosen it in mind for my SLE Inspired Reading List. The problem is that it includes very adult subject matter not appropriate for children. For some reason, I couldn’t tell this by reading the Amazon reviews at the time. It looks like it’s going to be a kiddie version of The Canterbury Tales, but it is definitely not!
To be fair, in Barbara Cohen’s translation the illustrations are really beautiful and the writing is witty. This would be a fun gift to give to an adult who loves the Middle Ages. But it is not a good fit for kids at all. A better choice for children would be Mary Poe Osborne’s Favorite Medieval Tales, which includes Chaucer’s “Chanticleer and the Fox”. Please learn from my mistake!