“If readers are to come to Shakespeare and to Chekhov, to Henry James and to Jane Austen, then they are best prepared if they have read Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling,” writes Harold Bloom in his introduction to this enchanting and much-needed anthology of exceptional stories and poems selected to inspire a lifelong love of reading. The forty-one stories and tales as well as eighty-three poems mostly come from the nineteenth century or earlier. Take the title of his book seriously – these are not the “dumbed down” writings of our modern culture, but were chosen to quicken the minds and hearts of young people as they hear them read aloud or read themselves.
Homeschoolers know the importance of reading aloud, and here is an anthology that will provide an abundance of rich vocabulary and polished paragraphs, as opposed to the media bites of our current culture. This is part of Hewitt’s Grade-7 and Grade-8 Lightning Literature & Composition curriculum.