The other day I asked my son Bruce(8) what his favorite book was and he said Oliver Twist. Then he started begging me again to buy him Great Expectations, so I finally relented.
My son is obsessed with Charles Dickens!
A lot of people look down their noses at abridged classics for children. To which I say, “Fine. Whatever.” I don’t want to be a snob about it, but I read a ton of abridged books when I was young and I made it all the way to blah, blah, blah.
One thing I really like about the Classic Starts series is the discussion questions at the end. They feel very Junior Great Books ish to me. So what we do is my son reads a book on his own, and then that night at bedtime we go over the questions together. He loves this part!
All of the Classic Starts books are on my “Grandma Please Buy This!” page. So keep that in mind the next time one of your kids has a birthday. It could be a useful link to pass along.