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:
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.