1. That’s marvelous! I’m glad your girls liked it so much. I really like your cards — great idea. I haven’t heard of Lupton and Morden. I’ll have to check that out.

    I’ve seen Rascal in your sidebar, and I’m sure it’s part of why I picked up the Disney movie at the library the other day. We watched it last night. Nice movie, though I think it may have altered the story a tad from what I remember reading way back when.

    Older Daughter read ‘Little Rascal’ a few years ago — an abridgment.

  2. In general I am also wary of adaptations or watered down classics. However, we loved Black Ships before Troy and The Wanderings of Odysseus. My boys’ imaginative play was all about Greek heroes for much of last year. We also enjoyed Searching for a Homeland ( a retelling of the Aenid) by Penelope Lively. My oldest also loves the Greek myths book. He still pulls it out a lot this year to read on his own.

    I wrote about books about birds. http://supratentorial.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/read-aloud-thursday-birds/

  3. I’m afraid my own education did not provide me with much knowledge of the classics, either. An engineering degree does not require an extensive background in English, so the Greek stories is one area that I’ve never fully explored. Your post does make it seem possible to teach something I consider difficult!

    My post today revolves around my son’s obsession with space shuttles and the board book, Rocket Town. http://www.brimfulcuriosities.com/2011/04/rocket-town-by-bob-logan-book-review.html

  4. Thank you for the link you left at my blog — I love the Iliad character cards. We bought this book a few weeks ago, and I found a larger version of it at the library today in fact — so while I read I have a little one that likes to follow along in his own book – perfect! Now I have some little manipulatives to go along with it!

    So glad to have met you!

  5. We are currently reading Anna of Byzantium. I love how books can take us right into the time period we are studying. And I’ve learned that although the material world is different in different places and times that people are mostly just the same. People all seem to have the same hopes, fears, struggles, and desires no matter when and where they live.

    I love the little cards you used with Black Ships of Troy.

  6. Amanda

    I bristle when I think of adaptations, but then I remember second or third grade when someone gave me abridged copies of Little Women and Black Beauty. It was those two books that really sparked my interest in reading “bigger” books (in their abridged state, they were still large compared to what I had read). I read them both many, many times–until the books fell apart.

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