I love to shop for my younger cousins—especially Alden, a voracious reader and a seriously creative thinker. She reminds me of a wood nymph or a pixie. So incredibly light, sweet and energetic, Alden’s disposition and interests make for easy gift giving. In a lot of ways, I like to purchase what a younger me would most desire.
This morning I stumbled upon Classics Unfolded. If you love classic novels, think Pride and Prejudice or The Secret Garden, these 16-scene visual maps provide young readers with a manageable interpretation of great works. Artists Yelena Bryskenskova and Becca Stadtlander are the masterminds behind this concept, and I am absolutely in love!
I know Alden, who is certainly chomping at the bit to dive into literary classics, will love the bite-sized, snack-able quality of this series. Sharing great texts with young children is completely possible now! It’s a picture book that morphs adult content into fantastic childhood stories. In fact, I would even suggest purchasing a copy of Bryskenskova’s Romeo and Juliet for every middle school classroom. Shakespeare’s writing is confusing…
These fold-out concertinas are not just great for reading—they can even make for great pieces of art! I would suggest displaying scenes individually. Original written text plus a recently interpreted illustration makes for a powerful framed image.
I purchased a copy of Pride and Prejudice for Alden today, and can’t wait to see what she does with it.