Baby Lit for the Global Economy
These days, you can't be too thin, too rich, or too young for Shakespeare.
According to her Amazon author bio, Kristen Bowers is “the founder and President of the educational publishing company Secondary Solutions . After becoming frustrated with the quality and content of teaching materials available to her when she was a new teacher in 2005, Mrs. Bowers decided to create them herself.” One of her books, Romeo and Juliet Literature Guide (Common Core and NCTE/IRA Standards-Aligned Teaching Guide), comes in at 150 pages and sells for $24.95.
In a Publishers Weekly interview, Gibbs Smith creative director of the BabyLit series and series editor Suzanne Taylor explain, "We knew there was nothing like it available for the age group, and that the books would be a great introduction to perennial classics both for very small children and parents who might never have read the classics before."
What a concept: a primer counting book as a vehicle to introduce classics to the parent.
1 English Village;
2 Rich Gentlemen (Mr Bingley and Mr. Darcy)
Warning: Parents who read the BabyLit romeo & juliet for a "fashionable way" to introduce a child to the world of class literature should be wary of counting on it for their own introduction. For example, here's number 5:
Spoiler: These five aren't friends.
In a review of the Little Miss Austen volume, Pride and Prejudice No Time for Flash Cards: A Resource of Activities for Young Children that Promote Play Discovery, and Learning which is syndicated by Scholastic, we read that this "is a fun way to introduce children to the world of classic literature. . . . Even without the Pride and Prejudice references it is a lovely counting book but who doesn't want to count the courting couples or sisters?"
You can count me out.
What happened to Goodnight Moon for toddlers?
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