There are times when I encounter products or ideas that I wish I had created. This summer, I found children books by Jennifer Adams that are based on classic literature. What a great idea! I purchased one based on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (because I teach the novel in my class), and I just loved it. The book actually includes quotations from the book while being suitable for a baby. It offers"camping" terms like raft and river that help youngsters learn new terminology. More importantly, it introduces a classic American novel. To me, this is invaluable. We went to the bookstore today and purchased two new literature-based books, one based on Romeo and Juliet and another based on The Wizard of Oz. I'm so excited to read them to my daughter!
When I was young, I played a card game called "Authors" that used various classic authors from Europe and America. When I read literature, I often recall the time I spent playing the game with my parents. I want my daughter to encounter the names of authors and titles that epitomize great literature, and Adams's books help to do this. Right now she is weeks old, so I know she isn't absorbing much that I read to her, but I know that she will eventually learn to love the books like I loved the card game. Even more importantly, I hope that when she is older, she will love the time we spent together reading the books.