Should we avoid abridged or adapted versions of classics?

That’s the question I’m answering in today’s short episode of the Read-Aloud Revival.

You’ll hear…

  • what abridged or adapted versions of the classics can offer
  • what happened when Sarah’s daughter read an abridged version of Heidi
  • how adapted books can lead to better, richer reading

Abridged or Adapted Versions of the Classics We’ve Enjoyed:

(Book links are affiliate links.)

We’ve enjoyed abridged classics from Usborne Books, Classic Starts, Great Illustrated Classics, and others. Our recommendations aren’t limited to just these few. Any book that helps your child fall in love with the classic story is a win!

Tales from Shakespeare
Tales from the Odyssey
Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Graphic Novel: Original Text (Classical Comics)
Heidi (Classic Starts – abridged)
The Usborne Complete Jane Austen
The Usborne Complete Dickens (abridged)
The Father Brown Reader: Stories from Chesterton

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