Judging a Book by Its Cover: A 6-Year-Old Guesses What Classic Novels Are All AboutSunny Chanel
“Momma, what’s this book about?”
That is a question that I hear every time we go to our local bookstore as my very curious six-year-old daughter picks up eye-catching books from various sections from fiction to biographies to psychology.
My family spends a fair amount time in bookstores, so this is a query I’ve become accustomed to hearing and one I try my darndest to answer (but really, how does one explain James Joyce’s Ulysses to a six-year-old?).
Recently, I’ve been curious to see what she thought the books were about. She doesn’t yet know — from experience or exposure — the narrative of Jean-Peal Sartre’s No Exit, what happens in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby or that George Orwell’s Animal Farm is not a book for children.
What happens when this recent kindergarten graduate judges a book by its cover? Here are the results:
Full Disclosure: I bribed my 6-year-old with a Calico Critters Zack and Sandy Beaver set for her participation. Yes, I’m that mom.