August Book: Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know

This book, Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know by Hamilton Wright Mabie (what a name, huh?), came to me through a friend because she knew that I wanted to start reading to my children on a regular basis.  I like fairy tales so I thought I’d give it a try.

First of all, this book is out of their league, them being only 3 and 5.   I found the writing to be old style, words that are not even used today anymore, consistent with the format of the stories, to give it that old-world feel.  I, myself, was easily transported to the time of the stories so I didn’t find it uncomfortable.

Second, as I saw that I was totally losing my children’s interest in the tales, I began to change the words as I read to language that would be more of their understanding.  I have to say that at least their interest was piqued and was surprised that my son retained some of the One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes plot.  Hurrah!!

Lastly, there are other “fairy tale” books out there that are more in tune for a child who is very young such as Children’s Favorite Classic Fairy Tales by Madison Park (a little better languagewise), Lily Lemon Blossom Welcome to Lily’s Room by Barbara Miller (not quite classic, but still), and The Golden Book of Fairy Tales (Golden Classics) by Adrienne Segur (which is an in-between that will do just fine for smaller kids).

So whichever version you choose, this would be a great start to their love of reading.  Or, you can start with the potty book, which come to think of it, both my babies had done!

Happy reading!

The Golden Book of Fairy Tales

This is not the Mabie version I read to my kids but I think I like it a bit better!


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