Getting children to read classic books, even hilarious ones like Pinocchio, is not always easy but the stakes couldn’t be higher. They’re our best bet for ever achieving our dreams for self-realization, rebirth, peace, redemption and goodwill to all mankind. A good boy was what Geppetto was trying to carve out of his outrageously impossible, willful puppet. What classic books come to tell us is that the paradise-on-earth we dream of is never easy but can always happen.
With more than ever readers, available books, gift-giving grandparents, creative teachers, informed parents and technological tools, we should be able to progress:
– the Gutenberg Project offers free e-book versions of all books in print
– you can download excerpts from movies of classics on devices; e.g. a mother I know used Frozen (from a Hans Christen Andersen story) to organize a birthday party
– a variety of audiovisual resources can be used in classrooms…
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