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August 16, 2011

Baby Lit: Little Miss Austen

Here’s a tip for all you booksellers out there: stock the Baby Lit series, and the books will be snapped up by those of us with more money than brains. (And this is saying something. I don’t actually have that much money.) I don’t even like Pride & Prejudice, but I had to have this gorgeous board book, which is actually more worthwhile than its genius gimmick might suggest. It’s a counting book, P&P from 1-10– 1 English Village (with a green!), 2 handsome gentlemen, 3 houses, etc., and each item cumulates to tell Austen’s story (kind of). The illustrations are lovely, stylishly designed with floral detailing and demask backgrounds– you can see a couple of pages here.

From the publisher’s pages, the series (which, so far, also includes Romeo and Juliet, but I don’t think they die at the end) is “a fashionable way to introduce your toddler to the world of classic literature”. And heaven forbid you introduce your toddler to classic literature in an unfashionable way, or forget to do it until they’ve turned four and it’s already too late.

Qualms aside, the book is cute, and I’m a middle-class white person who lives in the city and buys artisanal cheese. Books like this were made for people like me. What else are you going to do?

3 thoughts on “Baby Lit: Little Miss Austen”

  1. judy pollard smith says:

    Love it Kerry. Where to buy it? At bookstores everywhere?
    I have to get one for you-know-who.

  2. Nathalie says:

    Why, oh why, did I have to read this at 10 at night, when I can’t run out and buy it right away??

  3. Kerry says:

    I got mine at my local independent bookstore, discovered it right on the shelf. Perhaps you can come across one similarly, or order it online?

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