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Classics for Children

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Classics for Children
Book Information
Genre: Classical Literature
First appearance: "Tales from the Public Domain"

Classics for Children is a book that Homer Simpson checked out from the library and then forgot about. The book is a collection of stories from classical literature, presumably edited for children.


Homer checked out Classics for Children from the library when Bart was born, intending to read to him from it every day. He forgot all about the book, however, until an overdue notice came in the mail from the library.

When Bart asked what happened to Homer's plan to read to him from the book, Homer replied that "Stuff kept coming up. Mostly car-related." Lisa suggested he read to them now. Homer first petulantly declared that he would be the one to decide who read and when, but then he calmed down and started reading to Bart and Lisa. He read to them the book's selections from Homer's Odyssey, which Homer at first confused for a minivan he had once rented; the story of Joan of Arc, whom he mixed up with Joan Van Ark; and the William Shakespeare play Hamlet.

Behind the Laughter[edit]

  • Classics for Children is a framing device for the episode "Tales from the Public Domain". The selections that Homer reads become the episode's segments: "D'oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" (the Odyssey), "Hot Child in the City" (Joan of Arc), and "Do the Bard, Man" (Hamlet).
  • "Odyssey" is the name of a real-life minivan, manufactured by Honda since 1994.
  • Joan Van Ark (born June 16, 1943) is an American actress most famous for her roles on Dallas and Knots Landing.