Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

You Know You're Into Classical Education When...

The other day Luther, our five year old, was standing in the kitchen under our hanging fruit basket of death. I say "fruit basket of death" because the chain supporting the basket has a past track record of snapping and dropping oranges, apples and bananas in a rain of destruction below.

My wife, looking nervously at the situation, said, "Luther, I don't know if you should be standing there."

He smirked up at her and replied with a grin, "It's the Sword of Damocles!"


Erica said…
Somehow I worry more about the sword than the oranges... ;-D