Should children read abridged classics?

I am over at Writing to be Read with a post about whether children should read abridged classics. Thank you Kaye Lynne Booth for hosting me.

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There are many wonderful classic books available to people who are interested in reading them. I have recently re-read War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, both by H.G. Wells and also Dracula by Bram Stoker. I read these books in my early teens and, while I did enjoy them, I don’t remember appreciating any of the subtleties of the development of the characters in these books or the psychological and philosophical aspects either. This is because I did not have the life experience at that time to appreciate these concepts and their incredible appropriateness and cleverness.

I have never restricted or limited my children’s reading choices. This is because I believe that children can only experience and visualise the written world in the context of their own life experiences. If a child has never attended a funeral, they cannot visualise the white and haggard faces of the…

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20 thoughts on “Should children read abridged classics?

  1. This approach to making the arts exciting has been used in music for a long time. I liked it there, don’t know if I like it in books. But I think it’s well-rooted in elementary schools so probably too late to change anything!

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    1. In South Africa, abridged classics are only available in the junior schools. The kids in high school are expected to read the unabridged books. You can do English analysis on the short version, I agree.


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