I have now listened to the Aeneid for a second time and only recently realized the captivating poetry and power of this masterpiece.
Virgil writes line by line that paints a vivid picture of his story.
This story honored Rome and Romans of his day and I wonder if we have a Virgil for our day.
The reader Charlton Griffin is simply wonderful and makes the book "go".
The Secret Garden is truly a classic, written more than a hundred years ago. I think all young people and their parents should read or listen to this book and be familiar with the author?s philosophical points, which are: what you think is what you are, and will become if you are not careful; that one can examine one?s own character flaws and correct them so that life is better; and that positive thoughts and feelings bring the best result. The grandest point is that working this ?magic? with self and others can create unintended good effects a thousand miles away.
I believe the story and the points of view of Mary and Colin are important talking points between adults and children. They could be watchwords between parents and their children all the way to 18 years of age when discussing personal behavior. The reason is that Mary and Colin are objective and can be discussed as a third party instead of blame and shame between a parent and child. In the book, adults and children were polite to each other, at the last even under stress.
Is it not odd that you want a child to listen to this book and be influenced by it; and that you let a child watch smash-mouth cartoons Saturday morning and hope they will not be influenced by the astonishing violence and shallow characterizations?
I thoroughly enjoyed this Book for the Heart even though I am an adult. It is a classic on a par with Alice and Wonderland, which is another book I really like.
The reading of The Secret Garden was wonderfully done, though the sound of the characters Mary and Colin sounded authentic but made my ears arch sometimes.
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