We’re not the only ones singing praises of The National Review Treasury of Classic Children’s Literature and The National Review Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories. Here’s the take on these big, beautiful books from the respected essayist and commentator Midge Decter:
” ‘Treasure’ is the right word to use for these three collections of children’s literature. Indeed, reading through the National Review treasuries is a happy reminder of the time when children were respected as creatures capable of both real thoughts and real imaginings rather than, as they so much are today, no more than a cohort of small and conventionally attitudinizing adults. Indeed, with the Treasuries in tow, parents and children are both apt to begin anticipating bedtime as a whole new adventure.”
Powerful words. Many thanks for them Midge (and congratulations again for being honored by President Bush last month with a National Humanities Medal!). And with Christmas looming the best thing you can do for children is to give them something of real worth and lasting value–something that will help shape them into being good, decent, moral folk.
You know the score: the stupid must-have cheesy toys will be played with for 10 minutes and then forgotten. They’re destined for a tag sale or Goodwill (or more likely the garbage). Meanwhile, NR’s books are crammed with wondrous literature that is destined to influence a child’s entire life. So we boldly urge you order any or all of our great titles: the original edition or “Volume Two” of The National Review Treasury of Classic Children’s Literature, and our new book designed especially for new and beginning readers, The National Review Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories (a lavishly illustrated collection of beautiful stories by the great Thornton Burgess). They are the perfect Christmas gifts (and we can get them to you before Santa slides down the chimney–by the way, how does he get through the furnace?!!). Order securely here.