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Tom Sawyer (Bring the Classics to Life Series, Level 2)

by Mark Twain, Edcon

Publisher: Edcon Publishing Group
Paperback
ISBN: 9780931334290






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Synopsis of Tom Sawyer (Bring the Classics to Life Series, Level 2)

Specially abridged version of Twain's classic story of the boyhood adventures of mischievous but well-meaning Tom Sawyer, who barely avoids calamity as he bounds along from one prank to another. 31 black-and-white illustrations.

School Library Journal

Gr 4–6—These abridged versions of classic novels are designed to present the works for young readers, using an interesting format. Unfortunately, both books fall short of this goal. Instead of relating interesting stories, Kirwan simply tells readers what happened in short, choppy sentences. There is little dialogue among characters, and students will have a hard time understanding Jim's poorly written dialect. For instance, in Huckleberry Finn, he states, "'Nemmine 'bout a doctor.'" An error is evident in the same book when Jim describes the dead man in the timber house, telling Huck "He's dead—ben shot" and the illustration depicts a stabbing victim. Some paragraphs are so long that they take up an entire page, and indenting their first lines doesn't seem to be a rule. Poor writing, sketchy illustrations, and bad formatting will not inspire kids to read the original books. Notes at the end, which include a "Filling in the Spaces" section and character descriptions, are weak attempts to provide useful information.—Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH

About the Author, Mark Twain

Riverboat pilot, journalist, failed businessman (several times over): Samuel Clemens -- the man behind the figure of Mark Twain -- led many lives. But it was in his novels and short stories that he created a voice and an outlook on life that will be forever identified with the American character.

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