‘My son refuses to read Classic Literature. The most he ever reads is comics! Now tell me one reason why he can’t enjoy a book like Tom Sawyer, a classic I read when I was half his age?’ wails a poor father. The expectations of parents are absolutely justified; but there is another side to the coin. The children’s side. Our children are born into a ‘visual era’! We cannot ignore the revolution that has been brought about by the vividness of visual learning. In our ‘Illustrated Classics Series’, we at Wordsmith Publications decided to identify with the perspective of our gen-next and redesigned the classics to suit the inclination of our young readers.
The original classics were abridged to suit our expeditious world. This was done with total conscientiousness and the precaution and care needed while handling the brain-children of geniuses. Expressive pictures were added to complement the picturesque language of our age old favourites. Most of the major events in the story were illustrated to make the story come alive for a child who preferred to glance through a book before she chose to read it. The book covers were made with utmost intricacy.
When the job of the writer and illustrator was complete the task of publishing took over. It was decided that although the books were hardbound they should be light in weight so that kids could easily slip them in their schoolbags without adding much to their weight.
The following titles are available in the on-going series Illustrated Classics and many more are in process:
- David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
- Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The classics have been abridged by Rashmi Abhisheki. A note for children, a note on the author and a short introduction to the characters in the novel precede the book. The glossary has been placed at the end of each chapter.
Children are sure to take pride in flipping the pages of these age old classics in new robes.