Rebuttal I to Post XIV

15 Apr

Susan Wise Bauer says that if we pick reading partners with whom we share different views we are likely to gain a deeper understanding of literature.  Well, here we have it folks:  Christine and I disagree.

I, for one, like the use of Don Quixote for children.  In fact, just last weekend my middle sons crawled up on my lap and asked for a story.  Since I’m nothing, if not a plagerist, I quickly started to tell them about a crazy man who read so many books about knights in shining armor that he decided to set off on his own adventures.  Of course, I started with the windmill/giant story, as do all good Don Quixote retellers.  When I finished they quickly said, “What else did he do?”  “Funny you should ask, dear children, he did lots of goofy things.”  And off I went.  I told them about Sancho getting tossed in the blanket, DQ’s balsam, his missing library, sheep that appear as knights, and his nick-name Knight of the Sorry Face.

But please note this: I left out all bathroom and bedroom humor.  All of it.  I sort of wish Cervantes would have done the same.

Oh, and I might just put in my application for Story Time Librarian, because we even had a craft:

Cardboard Helmets, anyone?

The look of a crazed man . . .

who had his teeth knocked out.

Wielding the sword.

Knight of the Sorry Face.

I might be getting carried away.


Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Don Quixote, Well-Educated Mind


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4 responses to “Rebuttal I to Post XIV

  1. Christine

    April 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Now how am I suppposed to compete with such handsome errant knights?

  2. Jeannette

    April 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I think we shall have story time here at the Meyer household and poll the recipients to see how they like it. Report back later.

    • Christina

      April 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm

      Don’t forget the to make helmets!


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