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  1. Hey everybody! My son is very young, but I love the idea of a classical cycle, as outlined in The Well-Trained Mind, and the idea that almost all reading aloud is powerful and good, as outlined in Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook, so I'm trying to incorporate a classical read-aloud cycle as part of my daily reading routine with the little one. I started out with Aesop's Fables (I used the Classic Illustrated edition edited by Cooper Edens because I loved the variety of illustration styles included in the book; I'll probably do Jerry Pinkney's version next time for variety, and because I recently found a copy at the used bookstore!), and now we're getting toward the end of D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, so it's time for another selection, which I think ought to be the Bible. (Right?) I'm planning to use the two-volume Giant Golden Book Bible from the 40s and 50s, again because I have an illustrator fetish. (Old Testament is illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky, New Testament is illustrated by the Provensens.) Anyway, this brings me to my question: Which chapters are best suited to be appropriate read-alouds for the preschool set? My own religious background consistent of a few sessions of Methodist Sunday School, but no extensive Bible Study, so many of the less celebrated chapters are a mystery to me. I'm thinking of doing the chapters below. Am I leaving off anything pivotal and profound? Am I including anything particularly weird or challenging? I'm not overly concerned with sex and violence, believe it or not (I suspect at this stage it's all way over his head), I'm just looking for the most essential stories, the ones that have the best possible chance of capturing his attention, and/or ones he should learn first to appreciate Judeo-Christian culture. (He's Judeo on his father's side, LOL.) OLD TESTAMENT The Creation of the World The Garden of Eden The Serpent in the Garden Cain and Abel, Sons of Adam The Tower of Babel Abram and Lot Seek New Pastures Abraham and the Angels Choosing a Wife for Isaac Jacob and Esau and the Birthright Jacob Tricks His Father Jacob's Dream in the Desert Jacob and Rachel Joseph Is Sold Into Slavery Joesph in the Land of Egypt Joseph's Brothers in Egypt Benjamin Goes to Egypt Moses in the Bulrushes Moses in Exile Moses and the Burning Bush The Plagues of Egypt The Night of Passover Crossing the Red Sea The Bitter Well of Marah Manna from Heaven The Ten Commandments Aaron Makes the Golden Calf The Promised Land Moses Completes His Work Joshua Sends Spies Into Canaan The Fall of Jericho Gideon and the Midianites The Trumpets and the Lamps The Parable of the Trees Samson and His Mighty Strength Ruth, the Faithful Daughter-in-Law Samuel, Child of the Lord David, the Lord's Chosen One David Meets Saul the King David and Goliath The Friendship of David and Jonathan David Spares Saul's Life The Psalms of David The Wisdom of Solomon Solomon Builds the Temple Elijah and the Poor Widow Elijah and the Priests of Baal The Parting of Elijah and Elisha Elisah Cures Naaman's Leprosy The Prophecy of Isaiah Josiah and the Book of the Law Jerusalem Is Destroyed The Song of the Captives Daniel at Nebuchadnezzar's Court The Statue of Gold The Handwriting on the Wall Daniel in the Lions' Dean The Temple Is Rebuilt Esther Saves Her People NEW TESTAMENT I'm thinking I'll read most, but skip the following. Thoughts? * The Marriage in Cana * The Daughter of Jairus * Zacchaeus, the Tax-Gatherer * The Gift of Languages * The Lame Man at the Beautiful Gate * The Apostles Escape from Prison * Cornelius, the Good Centurion * Apostles Mistaken for Gods * The Story of Eutychus * Paul in Prison (7 chapters) * Paul's Letters (3 chapters) Thoughts?
  2. This is minor in the grand scheme of things, of course, but...Isn't it sad when classic children's books are republished with different illustrations/covers than the original? Is the assumption that the "old" pictures are too dated and won't attract today's children? Example: Lois Lenski's renderings of Betsy, Tacy, and Tib are what belong on the cover of the books. Not a cutesy substitute by a less-talented, more "contemporary" artist. Yes, book covers matter to me. Odd as it may be, there are times when I decide against a book purchase because I'm annoyed by the cover. I love Penguin Classics for that very reason; the chosen cover prints are usually appropriate and tasteful. Although, in order to have the excellent Pevear/Volokhonsky translation of Anna Karenina I broke down and accepted the ridiculous close-up photo of a woman's bare knees.:001_rolleyes:
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