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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Literature Classics for All Ages

This section of our website is devoted to book lists that you can take to your library. The lists are sorted by Category, Subcategory and then Topic.

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Literature Classics for All Ages List

  • Beowulf Book 1: Grendel the Ghastly
    by Michelle L. Szobody (Author), Justin Gerard (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0979718309
    With battle-bold words ancient poets sang the clash between Beowulf and Grendel. This modern retelling preserves the splendor of those Old English poetic conventions, while the taut, restrained phrasing captures Beowulfs original aural experience. But this is not a book for the ears only. Justin Gerards luminous paintings create empathy for a time when despair meant defeat and only courage could win the day.
  • Children's Shakespeare, The
    by Edith Nesbit (Author), William Shakespeare (Illustrator), Rolf Klep (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 089733485X
    In her touching introduction to this collection, Britain's beloved children's author E. Nesbit shares with us her very personal inspiration for The Children's Shakespeare. As a writer, she understood that the stories are the least part of Shakespeare, but as a mother she also understood the need for simplicity. Her daughters were far too young to handle such complex language, yet certainly they must be capable of appreciating, indeed enjoying, the stories hidden within.

    Envisioning this simplified introduction to works such as The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew-eleven plays in all-E. Nesbit set out to make them more accessible to young readers without sacrificing any essential elements. For if the stories were stripped of their wit and humor, of their emotion, the children would be no more entertained by them than by the indecipherable originals.

    In the end, under E. Nesbit's gifted pen, these stories emerged with all the charm and grace of the very best fairy tales. Written in thoroughly modern English and each no more than ten pages in length, the eleven plays featured in this volume afford children the opportunity to discover for themselves the magic of Shakespeare.
  • Dr. Doolittle
    by Hugh Lofting (Author), Ellen Miles (Adapter)
    ISBN: 0439574250
    Doctor Dolittle doesn't understand people, but he can talk to animals. His very best friends include a duck, a dog, a pig, and a parrot, and he has more pets than his house will fit! Doctor Dolittle would do anything for his animal friends. But when the monkeys get sick, can he save them in time?
  • Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers
    by Ralph Moody
    ISBN: 0803281781
    Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there early in the twentieth century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes and wind storms give authentic color to Little Britches. So do adventures, wonderfully told, that equip Ralph to take his father's place when it becomes necessary.
  • Pinocchio
    by Carlo Collodi (Author), Gioia Flammenghi (Illustrator), E. Harden (Translator)
    ISBN: 014036708X
    The adventures of a talking wooden puppet whose nose grew longer whenever he told a lie.
  • Secret Garden, The
    by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Author), Inga Moore (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763631612
    First published in 1909, THE SECRET GARDEN has entranced readers with the courage and strength of two unhappy and withered children who become determined to make their lives and the lives of others around them more joyful. In this remarkable new edition, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the secret garden springing to life under the tender care of Mary Lennox; her spoiled invalid cousin, Colin; and Dickon, a Yorkshire boy.
  • Twenty-One Balloons, The
    by William Pene du Bois
    ISBN: 0140320970
    Professor William Waterman Sherman just wants to be alone. So he decides to take a year off and spend it crossing the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon the likes of which no one has ever seen. But when he is found after just three weeks floating in the Atlantic among the wreckage of twenty hot-air balloons, naturally, the world is eager to know what happened. How did he end up with so many balloons . . . and in the wrong ocean?
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