08 March 2011

The downside of exposing children to classic novels

Quoting the escaped convict in Great Expectations recently, my 6-year-old son D- threatened to cut out the liver of his 4-year-old sister, who refused to be quiet at bedtime.

Needless to say, she didn't get the reference.

6 comments:

Sarah L said...

I am impressed with D's reading. And memory for quotes. Maybe a cheerier novel, like David Copperfield? With quotes like, Dora, Dora, Dora?

Russ said...

My kids are more apt to quote movie lines than classic literature.

beth said...

So sorry to hear your 4-year old is falling so far behind! hee hee...

Swirl Girl said...

Not a day goes by when someone in this house doesn't quote a classic...like Shrek, or Monster's Inc.

By the way, Mazel Tov on the baby.
Hope everyone is happy and healthy.

oh, and I posted for the first time in 6 months..come on by.

~Swirl Girl

An Observer Of Souls said...

AT our house: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Same meaning, just not so cerebral!

LiteralDan said...

Yeah, this was definitely a failed experiment... we need more selective editing if we delve into more books like this. They just love leather-bound books! The Secret Garden was a bit more age-appropriate, for sure.

They almost never watch TV, but they have an enormous selection of kid movies, have no fear! Whenever they see a genuine TV commercial, they get confused when I say that I physically CAN'T fast forward it, or "put the movie back on".