Dear Illustrated Classics, You’re Awesome
I recently came across this Illustrated Classic Edition of The Oregon Trail and it brought me back. Did you read these? Published by Moby books, they were abridged versions of all the well-known works of literature for young readers. For a period of time (roughly around my 8th birthday) I was obsessed. My teacher had a ton of them on the shelf, so I went one after another. At that age, I had no idea that there was such a thing as abridgment. In my mind, I was reading the only Moby Dick or Oliver Twist that existed.
The key were the illustrations. Simple black and white drawings, one on every other page, along with a caption. This combination of text and images was essential.
Long story short – it felt like a book for me.
Lost in the Cloud covered the Illustrated Classic much better than I. Complete with some excellent photos. Click here to take a nostalgia bath.
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Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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