Defining classics and distinguish them from ordinary children’s books have been a battle for me. I mean, I like many books that I think it’s a very great book, but apparently, according to the literature society, it isn’t classified as classic. Say, Mrs.Enid Blyton who wrote so many books from 1922 and literature society didn’t define her as classic author. How shocking!
One thing I know, I must rearrange this site. Or I can leave it be, considering she has a lot influences to my childhood. I don’t read books a lot, except for Indonesian’s local children magazine, called Bobo (what a nostalgia), and Mrs.Enid Blyton’s books are the only literally great book I’ve ever read. Oh, how I missed so much!
Now, I feel the urge to talk about the real definition of “classic”. To be honest, I must browse through site by site to understand what kind of book that can be classified as classics.
I thought that people define classics only in the term of age. Obviously, I was so wrong. According to many sources I found, classics are more than just a number. Classics gives us quality, such as the composition of stories, the originality of imagination they bring, something that can be enjoyed by children and appreciated by adults as well. I think we all agree with one thing, classics always reread. Over and over again.
Lately, my son read a book, which is “The Sneetches” by Dr.Seuss, and I swear to you, it seems he already read it thousands times! He keeps reading it many many times over! And I gotta be honest, I enjoy rereading it, too. And rereading it again. And, again. 😀
Not only that, few classic children’s books that I’ve read has a deep meaning, aside being fun. Like The Sneetches I mentioned earlier, it’s amazing how Dr.Seuss explained, implicitly, about how people act toward trends, how the insecure people want to be someone they’re not. How people think that they’re special over anyone else, so they just treat people meanly. But, Dr.Seuss made them all so simple. How could he?
How about The Little Prince by Mr.Antoine de Saint-Exupéry with sophisticated moral lessons, yet such a simple telling? I can’t get enough with his description about silly adults (and I really need to write the review, too). Then, the one that really moves me lately is The Giving Tree by Mr.Shel Silverstein, which by the way I already reviewed. You can click here: The Giving Tree by Mr. Shel Silverstein , if you want to read it. I gotta be honest, I almost cry when I read that book the first time. And also, the second time. Now, I feel a bit embarassed.
In short, classics is classics because it’s timeless and magical, I must say. We can never feel bored of them and never mind to reread it all over again. And it will still feel like we read it for the first time. Awesome!