Not that I would entirely trust a source that pinned the 2012 book of the year onto Fifty Shades of Grey, but I’m over the moon about their choice for 2013: The Great Gatsby.
Maybe you’re like me and you’ve loved Gatsby for years, or maybe you waited until this year to finally read what many have called “the great American novel.” Either way, the glamor of the 20’s combined with the timely themes of excess and solitude make 2013 the year of Gatsby. Of course, the success of Baz Luhrman’s lush, stylish film didn’t hurt.
The Great Gatsby’s popularity has skyrocketed so much that Gatsby, Daisy and Jay have all seen as much as a 60% rise on 2013 lists of baby names.
I was so excited about this news that I just had to celebrate it with you by digging up a few ways we could share Gatsby and his time period with the little ones. Let’s get our kids into the 20’s!
The flashy, art deco style? The historical significance of the decade? Oh man, this is gonna be the bee’s knees.
The best place to start is probably the clothing. Flapper Halloween costumes have always been pretty prolific, but it’s a safe bet to say that Gatsby kicked up the 20’s costumes sales this year. Now’s a great time to catch a clearance deal on leftover Halloween costumes to use as dress up outfits.
If your kids are digging the fashion style of the 20s, paper dolls are the perfect choice. I can’t think of any tech that can replace the tactile fun of dressing up a paper doll in different clothes. Of course, you could always make a fun craft of making your own paper dolls and drawing and cutting out 20s clothes for them.
For something a little more casual, kids can wear a nod to Gatsby’s style and decadence with a sweatshirt like this one from Skreened.
This Great Gatsby tee from Redbubble mimics the cover of the book in green.
If you thought that playing a retro Nintendo game about Gatsby would be cool but impossible, think again. Your kids can now enjoy Gatsby and the simple beauty of the original NES at the same time. Apparently, a Japanese version of the game was translated to English but never saw release. Just last year, a lucky (and charitable) gamer somehow picked up the English version at a garage sale and put it online for our giddy 8-bit enjoyment.
Why are the butlers attacking me, though?
Not missing a great marketing opportunity, the publisher of the game also sells a few great 8-bit Gatsby t-shirts with the help of Spreadshirt.com. The shirts come in adult sizing, but the ladies sizes may fit younger kids.
If you’d like to dig into some original source material for your kids, here’s a great list of 1920s children’s books that would make for some fun retro reading.
You could also check out a silent film from the 20s like Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid.
While kids probably won’t be ready to read The Great Gatsby until high school, it’s still an exciting time to learn about and an important piece of literature to pre-teach so kids can enjoy it when they’re ready.
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