It's a story I want them to know so well, they quote it while I read it the same way they quote Julie Andrews when they're watching Mary Poppins for the 34th time. So, when they were in 1st grade, I read this version to them:
And the next year, we read this fabulous picture book version:
Well, when it was time to introduce the real deal, I started talking to friends about it. Not having received a rich literary education myself, I was nervous about reading something so "hard". Nevermind that I'd already seen my kids sit through original Shakespeare plays, all while telling me what was going on in the story.
My homeschooling mentor (Lori dear, that's you) strongly recommended that I get the audio drama that Vision Forum sells. Now, you have to know Lori to understand what I mean when I say she strongly recommended it. Lori has very strong opinions about books (thus the website dedicated to all her precious paper friends). She went on and on about how much she and her kids loved this audiobook. So, naturally, I had to have it.
Lori was right. My kids were riveted.
So t h e n when I saw this DVD at a friend's house, I was curious.
We borrowed it and were watching it when I was in early labor with Julia. I must say, I was impressed. It was a great way to cement the story in the minds of my little ones. It was so great to hear them saying: Oh, this is when Christian's gonna get stuck in the mud! and etc.