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I recently wrote about Don Quixote for kids and wanted to give an update to another book we found in the library.  Margaret Hodges is a wonderful author of children’s books and most everything I’ve read by her I give high marks.  Our most recent read by her was St. Jerome and the Lion. We also own St. George and the Dragon.  She has a real gift for bringing legends and stories alive for children.  I did a search on other books by her and found that she has an adaptation of Don Quixote called Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

This version is definitely longer than the other I reviewed.  It’s 72 pages, with chapters, so would work better for an older child or as a read aloud.  I can’t comment on the literary quality yet, as I haevn’t gotten around to reading it yet.  But the illustrations are nice and I think I can actually get to the end of this version without being sick to my stomach!

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Don Quixote

Nope, you don’t have it wrong, this IS still a children’s book blog.  I found this book at the library and had to get it out for my knight and armor obsessed son.  Don Quixote and the Windmills by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Leonard Everett Fisher.

I recently attempted to read through the real Don Quixote by Cervantes. So I can definitively tell you that this children’s version is surely superior.

This book uses some dialogue from the original, and focuses on one particular chapter in which Don Quixote sees windmills and in his madness thinks them to be giants that he needs to attack. I love the artwork in this book, rather rough looking faces, bold earth colors, and his sidekick Sancho Panza looks exactly like I imagined him to be.

As someone who appreciates the Classical method of education, I look for books such as these.  Even if my children don’t grow up and read the real Don Quixote, they can have a reference point for who he was, and will understand references and the meaning of “quixotic,” or the phrase “tilting at windmills.”  In the grammar stage of their life it’s nice to have simplified versions of the classics so they can refer back to it as they progress in their studies.

And truth be told, if I had known about this book sooner, I just may have stuck with it instead of forging through the daunting original.

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