Questions and Comments

Do you have questions for me or topics you’d like me to consider for future blog posts?  Maybe you’d like to comment on the overall blog rather than on a specific post?  Here’s a page just for you.  If you would like your comments to remain private, that’s fine, just make that note in the comment, and I will not post it for public viewing.

Thanks very much to Lea Ann Garfias for suggesting this!


3 Comments on “Questions and Comments”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Hi Lea Ann! I was wondering what your thoughts are on letting our young children read original classics or replacing them with “sanitized” classics that “clean up” the original words, such as in “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. Are the sanitized books just as good or should we wait until our children are old enough to understand why we don’t use certain words any longer. Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Hi Lisa,
      I sent your question over to Lea Ann at Whatever State I Am, and I think she may answer you on her blog or directly, but I thought I would give you my two cents, for what it’s worth.

      I’ve not read too many of the “sanitized” versions, but I’ve never been inclined to read them. If the story has those objectionable words in it, it’s usually because that was part of the culture of the time, and taking them out lessens the historical value. I don’t even remember my mother explaining why some of the words were not used anymore (although I know she must have), but I could pretty much tell when they were words I should be using.

      I’m not a big fan of most of the “revised” or “redone” or “simplified” versions of the classics or other books. For instance, I’ve seen the newer versions of Martha Finley’s Elsie books, and I’m not in the least impressed. I cannot speak definitively because I have not actually read those, but what I read from the backs convinced me that they are not worth the read after enjoying the real series. While children’s versions of some books like “Pilgrim’s Progress” may be nice, they actually made me slower to read the original, and I do not count that as a good thing!

      Your solution of letting the children wait a little longer to read certain of the classics sounds like a good one. Perhaps Lea Ann will have more input.

    • For other readers, Lea Ann posted a reply to Lisa’s question here.

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