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Ah, the classics!
Last night, Maya asked me if we could read "more Odysseus". Ok, how cool is it that a 5 1/2 year old wants to read more of The Odyssey?? We finished the first book on Friday night and she loved it. The next book is The Land of the Dead:

Yesterday, one of the things we did was go to the bookstore. We can spend a couple of hours just browsing and reading and lounging around with the kids at a bookstore. Very often, when we lived in the US, Chris and I would head out to the bookstore when we had a night to ourselves. Dinner, bookstore, coffee. :-)

Anyway, while we were at the bookstore, I took some time to wander in the office supplies/crafts section. That's where I got some of those origami folding papers and stuff. While I was there, Chris and the girls were in the kids section. When I got back, Chris showed me some other classics for kids which we just HAD to buy: A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare and The Call of the Wild by Jack London. These are Scholastic books, about 50 pages each (big type - Maya could probably read most of each of them). Here's the introductory summary of A Midsummer Night's Dream:

Falling in love is great, right? As long as the person you love loves you back. But that's not always the way things go.

Take this story, for example. Helena loves Demetrius. But Demetrius loves Hermia. And Hermia? She loves a guy named Lysander. He loves Hermia back, so that's good. But Hermia's father wants her to marry Demetrius instead, so that's bad.

Confused? So is everybody else - and that's what makes the story so funny.

LOL! Can't wait to get into these after we finish all 6 books of The Odyssey.

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From: gabbytheguy Date: January 16th, 2006 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
These books sound cool...

That excerpt from "...Dream" was excellent!

So when do you start on the Greek text versions! :-P
tygerlander From: tygerlander Date: January 16th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still suffering from the time I had to do editing on an audio book version spoken in ancient greek. And this was years ago when I was in college.

priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 17th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I read your last comment about that - yikes! I'm sure that would have killed my taste for the greek stories as well.
From: gabbytheguy Date: January 18th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that would scar me for life. You have my sympathies.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 17th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Not for a while! Although, I do want to read her Medea - that was always my favorite play.

Chris is going to try reading The Hobbit to her again. He tried last year, but she didn't stay interested. We think because there were no pictures. These greek stories have no pictures either, but she's still interested. Maybe the one year helped her imagination grow enough to see the story in her head while listening to it. We'll see if she is interested now.
From: gabbytheguy Date: January 18th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I re-read the Hobbit a while back and found it surprisingly easy reading...but it was just after finishing The Return of the King, so that might have something to do with it.

Good luck with Maya on it. I'm actually not much of a bookworm, but I really hope I can excite Audrey with books and literature too.
minminminminnie From: minminminminnie Date: January 16th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haha, way nifty.

Which bookstore did you go to? In Seoul, I went to Bandi & Lundi's in the COEX (we stayed at the Oakwood Premier, and since the mall is connected, natural choice) and the Kyobo Book Center.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 17th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
This time we went to Libro near Myeongdong. It isn't as good as Bandi & Luni and definitely not Kyobo. But Kyobo is a bit for us just for a late afternoon visit.

OMG, we were at COEX over the holidays - argh!
shortindiangirl From: shortindiangirl Date: January 16th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
> We can spend a couple of hours just browsing and
> reading and lounging around

Everytime I go to a bookstore or a library (more a bookstore coz you can see the luscious covers and jacket designs), I too feel the same way. But somehow I never go back just for purpose of doing that and nothing else. We must do this sometime. Maybe this Friday when we are wondering what we can do outside without spending money or eating a meal.

I envy your ability to be a full time mom and just be there to read and rear your children. In bringing the family to Seol, I guess Chris has given you this gift ? Were you working in the U.S. ?
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: January 17th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I was a SAHM in the US too. I had always wanted to stay home when I had kids, so it wasn't even a question. Besides, it didn't make financial sense for me to work and pay fulltime care and pay the taxes on what I was earning as well. Although, towards the end of our stay in the US, I thought about going back to work to help make ends meet.

We go to spend time at the bookstore, but we always end up spending money there as well. It is never a free activity for us, especially for Chris who devours books. I'm happy that Maya enjoys reading as well - she's getting pretty good at it herself. Nadia, too, can spend a good amount of time with a really great picture book. She loves to "read" to us. She narrates the story in her own words while looking at the pictures - it is SO cute!
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