Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Kindle Children’s Books

I never knew that my kids were dumb. Up until now I had thought them to be pretty clever, but then I browsed the children's Kindle book selection. There are some serious gaps in their reading. Enough with the Allison Miranda series and the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and pft on the L'Engle collection. My kids are reading drivel, I tell you!

Thank goodness for Amazon pointing this out. Otherwise they might have faced dire consequences in their academic future.

They are not reading Homer's Iliad! And they have not started on the Jane Austen canon, either. We are reading Emma, why not them?

According to Amazon, Dostoevsky is appropriate reading for little ones. Since Crime and Punishment is part of their everyday lives, see. Like they do the wrong thing and get grounded or a detention.

It's a huge oversight, but I don't believe even the school's Senior Curriculum has War and Peace, even though Amazon considers it a children's book.

Our long summer holiday is coming up and I may have to take back those fun books with attractive covers that I've set aside for Christmas and get my little girls something a bit weightier.

That's it! We are starting with Tolstoy!


  1. Funny indeed! They probably move on to picture books after Tolstoy!

    Read Aloud Dad

  2. Starting on Tolstoy one way to get your kids to hate you I suppose.LOL

  3. The first person that suggest a Tolstoy read along gets it...

  4. We've been switching off between Homer's Iliad and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight for the last year now...

  5. +JMJ+

    I'm surprised that Amazon's profiling software didn't catch these! They certainly wouldn't recommend them to someone browsing Allison Miranda, the Alice books, and Madeleine L'Engle's YA novels.

    On the other hand . . . Joan Aiken has a relatively old book called The Way to Write for Children, which is full of examples that imply that heavyweights such as Homer and Charles Dickens wrote some of the greatest children's stories in the canon!

  6. As a child one of my uncles would always buy me classics - and not childrens one's either. I completely blame him for my hatred of all things Dickens - trying to read Great Expectations at 12 was not fun!

  7. You folks are laugh out loud funny!

    En, I innocently searched 'Kindle children' and this is what came up. Rocked my world, I tell you.

    And Sam, my husband is the only person I have ever heard of who reads Dickens for fun. But don't tell his motorbike mates. Might ruin his reputation!


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