Friday, January 29, 2010

The Sweetness in Classic Literature

Samuel received a Hardy Boys mystery in his classroom's Christmas book exchange. However, it was #3 in the series and he is one of those people who has to read the books "in order" even if they don't really build on each other. So we checked out #1 "The Tower Treasure" from our church's children's library and began reading it.

Now I don't want you to think I am confusing this with "The Classics", but since this book was originally published in 1927 and people still want to read it today, it has shown the undurance of "good literature".

We still have 6 chapters to go, but I want to say that even though the main characters, Joe and Frank Hardy, are teenagers, I think this is a great book to read to a six-year old. You can't say that about some of the teen literature out today.

Here is a really cute example of what I mean by "sweetness":
"...Frank's face lighted up, for he had recognized Callie Shaw, who was in his class at Bayport High. Frank often dated Callie and liked her better than any girl he knew."

Now isn't this much better sounding than today's world where boys and girls are acting like they are in adult relationships at age 13 and up? Just something I'm thinking about after watching Lifetime's "Pregnancy Pact" last night.


  1. I can't agree more. Reading wonderful stories, written ages ago is good for the soul. The innocence is lost to children in this era. My goodness, the things that go on with 10 and 11 year olds astound me. I was still playing with barbies at age 12!

    I enjoyed your post. I popped over from Pirate Mom!

    Have a wonderful week


  2. I need to get those off Dirty Harry's shelves. We have them and have never read them...although I think he could probably handle reading these on his own now.

    Thanks for that Lost blog link you posted. I've been enjoying reading that. The author definitely picks up on things that I miss.