Yesterday I asked my crew if anyone wanted to read the Great Illustrated Classics version of The Red Badge of Courage. Not to be outdone by child number one who recently wrote a post, child number two quickly piped up with, “I will!”
Me:Can you tell me what the book is about?
#2: The Red Badge of Courage is a book about Henry Fleming. He was a young farmer who went off to war. He didn’t have to, but he wanted to.
Me: Why don’t you tell me three parts of the story that you enjoyed.
#2: I liked when Henry Fleming and Tom wrestle over holding the flag, and Henry becomes the flag bearer. (One difference between the Great Illustrated Classic and the original text is that the GIC has Wilson getting the confederate flag from the dead flag bearer and not Wilson and Fleming together taking it.) I liked when the mule-drivers had their revenge by winning their battle. One part that was sad was when Henry Fleming’s friend Jim died.
Me: Did you think this book was too bloody or gruesome for kids your age?
#2: For some kids maybe, but not for me.
Me: To whom would you recommend this book?
#2: People who read books about wars.
PS– I, Christine, did not read the Great Illustrated Classics version of this novel. I did take a peek at the very end to see if the epilogue titled “The Veteran” was included. It was not. But there was a map on the very last page titled “The Battle of Chancellorsville. Virginia: May, 1863”.
So that’s where we were!