«Don Quixote» for children

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"Don Quijote of La Mancha" It is not only a book for adults and it is proof of the following readings that we present to you of «Don Quixote» for children. Our little ones also deserve to know the stories of this crazy gentleman who has so captivated adults.

Our article today is a tribute to both Miguel de Cervantes, which as you already know, this week has commemorated the 400th anniversary of his death as the day that welcomes us today, April 23, Book Day. We believe that both the little ones, Cervantes, and his most famous character, Don Quixote, today well deserve the purchase of one of these wonderful readings. They will be captivated!

"My First Larousse Del Quixote"

Don Quijote de la Mancha

This book illustrated by three young illustrators such as Judit Frigola, Saúl M. Irigaray and Josep Mª Juli they will bring to the youngest the wisdom and good humor of this slim gentleman who saw giants instead of mills. "My First Larousse of Don Quixote" It is also accompanied by a dictionary of "difficult words" and an index that allows you to quickly locate all the adventures that Don Quixote lives accompanied by his loyal Sancho and his beloved Dulcinea.

Both children and young people will also be able to know the curiosities that surround this famous character as well as the writer who created him. An entertaining, fun and very illustrative book where both children and adults will fall in love just by having it in their hands. We must also point out that it is a book highly recommended by parents and teachers who have already had it and taught it to their children and students.

Book data

  • Soft cover: 160 pages
  • Editor: Larousse; Edition: edition (November 20, 2014)
  • Collection: Larousse - Infant / Youth - Spanish - From 5/6 Years
  • Language: Spanish

«From A to Z with Don Quixote»

This book is written by Rafael Cruz-Contarini Ortiz, which helps the child to review the alphabet in a rhyming and musical way with words and anecdotes taken from the great book by Cervantes. Every page is accompanied by drawings and cheerful illustrations that will make reading, and therefore learning, more enjoyable and fun for the child.

In this way, they will not only know new words from A to Z, but they will also know who Don Quixote de la Mancha was, with whom he always traveled accompanied, and what crazy stories and comics he had to live on the back of his horse Rocinante.

Don Quixote for children

Book data

  • Soft cover: 36 pages
  • Editor: Editorial Everest; Edition: 1 (2005)
  • Collection: Enchanted mountain
  • Language: Spanish

"Don Quixote rides between verses" 

With a selection of poems by both Spanish and Latin American poets, made by Alonso Diaz of Toledo and with illustrations by Juan Ramón Alonso, this book teaches the story of Don Quixote de la Mancha in a shorter, more rhymed and therefore more musical way to the child's ears. The child will also come across the animals and characters that appear in the original book among its verses and will learn in a much shorter and more enjoyable way everything related to this book so authentic and so from our land, which is among the 100 best books of History, being the most widely read in the Spanish language in the world.

Book data

  • Hard cover: 48 pages
  • Editor: Editorial Everest; Edition: 1 (2005)
  • Collection: Skyscraper
  • Language: Spanish

"In the land of Don Quixote" 

Carla and Pol are friends who love to travel and discover new things both in their environment and elsewhere. They also want to learn details of the history of each place they visit as well as talk with the people who inhabit those places so that they can tell them stories about them. We have to say that most of these trips are started by Zum-Zum, a very special balloon that has become his inseparable companion. They met him one day at the fair and since then the three have not separated. It is Zum-Zum, the balloon who leads them to the most unexpected situations and is responsible for Pol and Carla living new and exciting experiences every day. And of course, dealing with the theme that houses us today, Carla and Pol this time visit the lands of Don Quixote de la Mancha, accompanied by Zum-Zum.

A very fun book, very easy to read and that the little ones will love! One of my favorites so far, I have to say. His actor Roger Roig Cesar.

Book data

  • Soft cover: 24 pages
  • Editor: Lectio Ediciones (February 1, 2005)
  • Collection: The friends of the Zum-Zum
  • Language: Catalan - Spanish

"Dulcinea and the Sleeping Knight"

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Possibly this is the book, written by Gustavo Martin Garzo, most touching and nostalgic of all those that we present to you in this list. Why? Because it is Dulcinea, Don Quixote's beloved, the one who is older, narrates to some children all the adventures and adventures of the young nobleman.

A perfect book not only to make the story of Don Quixote known to the youngest but also the love story that existed between Dulcinea and her knight.

Book data

  • Soft cover: 118 pages
  • Editor: Editorial Luis Vives (Edelvives); Edition: 1 (May 3, 2013)
  • Collection: Reading plan
  • Language: Spanish

Curious facts about Don Quixote de la Mancha

If you give your children or students any of these 5 "Don Quixote" readings, you can also tell them yourself some of the following curious facts that we bring you about this great character in Spanish literature:

  • The book "Don Quijote of La Mancha" was written from jail. Let us remember that Cervantes was serving a sentence for mistakes made in his work as a tax collector and took advantage of this "dead time" behind bars to produce this magnificent work.
  • The book has a second part a sequel that Cervantes himself decided to write after leaving a false second part. This sequel did not finish it completely but It was published in 1615, two years after his death.
  • As we said before, It is the best-selling book in Spanish, as well as one of the best-selling in history, after the Bible. It is estimated that more than 500 million copies.
  • It is said that the name of Don Quixote de la Mancha was inspired by a relative of  Catherine de Salazar y Palacios, Cervantes's wife.
  • La first translation from Don Quixote to another language it was in english, and it was made by Thomas Shelton in 1608. Currently, Don Quixote is translated into more than 50 languages.
  • Cervantes wrote this book thinking of a Castilian language somewhat more modern than the one that existed at that time. That is why we must thank the author, the have considerably improved our language. 
  • En 1989 a very special copy of the first edition Don Quixote sold for $ 1.5 million. There are only a couple more copies, and also the book was kept in very good condition.

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  1.   Alberto Diaz said

    Hi carmen.

    Interesting article. Of the seven curiosities, he knew four. It has caught my attention that thanks to Cervantes, Spanish improved and modernized. However, you claim that the second part was published in 1615, two years after his death. This is not possible because Cervantes died in 1616.

    Yesterday I attended a conference in Oviedo by Trevor J. Dadson, Professor of Hispanic Studies at the Queen Mary University of London. He is a prestigious specialist in "Don Quixote." It was very good, I really liked it. Thanks to her I learned more about Cervantes and his immortal work.

    A hug and happy Book Day.