Using Austen and Shakespeare to Teach Toddlers

This comes from Deseret News.

Knowing that I’m about to be a grandmother for the first time, three different sources sent me this story today.
“LITTLE MISS AUSTEN: Pride & Prejudice” and “LITTLE MASTER SHAKESPEARE: Romeo & Juliet” by Jennifer Adams, illustrations by Alison Oliver, Gibbs Smith, 2011, $9.99 each

Classic literature has gone baby-friendly.

Baby Lit, a board book series from publisher Gibbs Smith, has published two new counting primers inspired by Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

“Little Miss Austen: Pride & Prejudice” is a counting primer based on classic literature.
The books are being marketed as a “fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature.” “Little Miss Austen: Pride & Prejudice” and “Little Master Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet” integrate elements of the well-known stories while counting from one to 10. “Little Miss Austen,” for example, features two rich gentlemen, five Bennet sisters and Mr. Darcy’s salary of 10 thousand pounds per year. “Little Master Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet” incorporates a few of the more well-known lines from the play, such as “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” from Juliet’s famous soliloquy. Both books include some numerical representations — such as horses, ball gowns, musicians and masks — that are not necessarily unique to the classics, “Romeo & Juliet” more so than “Pride & Prejudice.”

I am not sure whether my son would appreciate these for his yet-unborn child, but his mother is enough of a nerd to, at least, consider them. What about you?

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Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and historical romantic suspense.
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2 Responses to Using Austen and Shakespeare to Teach Toddlers

  1. Susan Kaye says:

    Very interesting. My granddaughter might like something like this.

  2. Susan, I might like the books more than the child, but I am going to check them out.

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