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Cozy Classics: Pride and Prejudice

The Cozy Classics series stages handcrafted felt puppets in scenes from classic literature and illustrates the plots of canonical texts using twelve total words per book, one word per scene, in a way that accurately and humorously summarises each book’s plot. It’s Great Books for toddlers and their parents—a little bit serious, a little bit ironic, and entirely funny and clever.

This title takes on the witty Elizabeth Bennet and her dashing Mr. Darcy: Jane Austen's timeless novel, Pride and Prejudice.

After Mr. Darcy refuses to dance with Elizabeth, he has a change of heart. Will Elizabeth overcome her first impressions and accept his offer of marriage?

The cast includes Mr Bingley, the Suitable Gentleman, Mr Darcy, the Arrogant Friend, Jane, the Beautiful Big Sister, and Elizabeth, the Spunky Little Sister.

Cozy Classics uses a simple one word/one image format to help babies and toddlers build vocabulary and learn everyday concepts such as body parts, emotions, animals, relationships, actions, and opposites. However, Cozy Classics organises everyday words in a more unique way: through story. By putting words in the context of a story, our books help children find further meaning through a growing sense of narrative.

As children get older, parents can expand on the stories in ever more elaborate ways. If you need a little help, just use the brief synopsis on the back of each book or the longer synopses here. But there’s no right or wrong way to read Cozy Classics. Use the words and images as prompts to invent stories of your own and encourage your children to do the same.

Parents can enliven their storytelling with quotations from the originals. Linked here are some favourites from Pride and Prejudice that go well with “the Cozy version.” Quotations can lead to whole passages until one day children are enthralled by the richest versions of all: the classics themselves.