Disney Literature Classics Collection – Introducing Children to the Classics

When G1 was younger, I tried to follow the Charlotte Mason philosophy for selecting storybooks. It worked well with him because G1 naturally gravitated to books so I always felt it was the way to go until I had G2. With G2, I was just so happy for him to pick up a book that I didn’t really care that it was a series I had formerly believed to be “poor literature” and unfit for the eyes of my boys. By that time, my thinking ran along the lines of “better to have him reading than to have him spurn books altogether because I insisted he read only the books I deemed fit”. Despite conceding this defeat, I continued to harbour hope for introducing the classics to G2…

One day, G1 brought home this book from the library:

Disney Literature Classics Collection

It was an instant hit with G2. He loved it so much, G1 brought home another book from the series:

Disney Literature Classics Collection

G2 loved it, too. Then we borrowed Donald Gulliver’s Travels:

Disney Literature Classics Collection

 

It, too, was another hit. So I started searching for the series…

The Disney Literature Classic Books are a series of graphic novels – in other words, comic books – covering 25 famous stories:

  1. Ducktargnan and the Three Muskateers – Inspired by “The Three Muskateers” by Alexandre Dumas
  2. Donald Duck around the World in 8 Days – Inspired by “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne
  3. Daisy Duck in the Wonderful World of Oz – Inspired by “The Wonderful World of the Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum
  4. Mickey Mouse and the Knights of the Round Table – Inspired by “King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table” (Traditional)
  5. Duck Quixote – Inspired by “Don Quixote” by Cervantes
  6. Tales from One Thousand and One Nights – Inspired by “Tales from One Thousand and One Nights” (Traditional)
  7. Donald Duck and The Count of Monte Cristo – Inspired by “The Count of Monte Carlo” by Alexandre Dumas
  8. Donald Duck on Treasure Island – Inspired by “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson
  9. The Adventures of Mick Sawyer – Inspired by “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain
  10. Uncle Scrooge Journeys to the Centre of the Earth – Inspired by “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” by Jules Verne
  11. The Missing Candelabra – Inspired by “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo
  12. Donald Duck in the Lost World – Inspired by “The Lost World” by Arthur Conan Doyle
  13. Donald Hamlet, Prince of Dunemark – Inspired by “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare
  14. A Christmas Quackarol – Inspired by “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
  15. The Importance of being Don Earnest – Inspired by “The Importance of being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde
  16. Othello, the Moor of Duckland and The Taming of the Duck Scoundrel – Inspired by “Othello” and “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare
  17. Donald’s Odyssey – Inspired by “The Odyssey” by Homer
  18. The Strange Case of Mickey and Mr Mike – Inspired by “The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde” by R.L. Stevenson
  19. Donald Gullivers Travels – Inspired by “Gullivers Travels” by Jonathon Swift
  20. Two Quacky Love Stories, Donaldo and Daisetta & Goofy and Cleopatra – Inspired by “Romeo and Juliet” and “Cleopatra” by William Shakespeare
  21. War and Peace – Inspired by “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy
  22. Elementary, Mr Dear Fethry – Inspired by “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Conan Doyle
  23. Mickeys Tales of Edgar Poe (Part 1) – Inspired by “The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe”
  24. Mickeys Tales of Edgar Poe (Part 2) – Inspired by “The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe”
  25. Mickey and The Mayflower Treasure – Inspired by “The Mayflower Adventures”

Let Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto take you and your children around the world of Literature. These beautifully illustrated cartoon style childrens literature books introduces children to the world of Literature.  Contents include information about the Author and the Story.  Disneys Inspiration then tells the story in an exciting a colourful cartoon format.

Unfortunately, these books are not easy to get a hold of. Finding the full collection is even harder. They were available for sale along with The Star (UK version) some years back. I guess we’ll just have to content ourselves by borrowing them from the school library and see if we can switch over to the actual literary classic for bedtime reading…

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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