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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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For more than 130 years, children have reveled in the delightfully non-moralistic, non-educational virtues of this classic. In fact, at every turn, Alice's new companions scoff at her traditional education. The Mock Turtle, for example, remarks that he took the "regular course" in school: Reeling, Writhing, and branches of Arithmetic-Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. Carroll believed John Tenniel's illustrations were as important as his text. Naturally, Carroll's instincts were good; the masterful drawings are inextricably tied to the well-loved story. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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The story is actually spread across two books, here contained in a single volume. "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was first published in 1865 and relates the events that take place after young Alice falls asleep during her lessons and dreams of following a white rabbit down a rabbit hole. Alice encounters all manner of strange creatures in her dream, and finds herself in all sorts of curious predicaments where common sense fails and the nonsensical comes to be expected. There is no central, concrete storyline, but rather Alice moves rapidly from one bizarre situation to the next before waking once more and relating the whole adventure to her sister.
The second of the two books, "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There," appeared in 1871 and is very similar in nature to the first, though having a slightly different plot. Here Alice steps through an ordinary looking-glass one day, only to find herself in a world where, if you wish to get anywhere, you must walk in the opposite direction!Read more ›
Of course, the illustrations wouldn't mean jack if they didn't have a captivating story to work with. Carroll's amusing tale of nonsense is targeted as a kid's book, and that is always where many of our fondest memories of it will remain, but as a college student reading it I was amazed by its power to suspend reality and return me to a level of imagination that I had simply thought I lost somewhere along the way. The trip down the rabbit hole can be quite a different experience from a different point of view.
This particular edition also includes a good introduction and very helpful explanatory notes organized chapter by chapter. The introduction and notes offer insights to Carroll's life and his relations with the real life Alice and her family that, from a student viewpoint, reveal an interesting and more personal side of the Alice tales.
I didn't have anything against any of them, except they weren't what I was looking for. I wanted child-friendly hardback books with original Tenniel illustrations, and I definitely wanted no abridgement. As novels go, these are not lengthy books anyway. And the puzzles and language are so wonderful, I wanted her to have the full story. These Lewis Carroll books are fantasy, but they are not simple or dumbed down!
"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take some more."
"You mean you can't take LESS", said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take MORE than nothing."
I finally selected two companion hardback books from amazon, and I am very pleased with them. Both were published in 2007 by Digital Scanning, Inc. (DSI). They are about 10 high by 7 wide, kind of a cross between a novel and a picture book. The covers have wonderful colorized Tenniel illustrations. The inside pages have the original black & white Tenniel illustrations, described as "from John Tenniel" or "after John Tenniel".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
always loved the story, is a very good edition and quality.Published 3 days ago by Adriana Perez Cisneros
Having an American read the character of Alice in the story of Alice in Wonderland seemed like a big mistake to me when I set out to listen to Scarlett Johansson read this... Read morePublished 3 days ago by AudioBook Reviewer
Alice returns to yet another madcapped adventure. As Alice plays around with her kittens, Snowdrop and Kitty, she unwittingly steps through the mirror into another world... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sharanya K C
A good read. Simple but fun. I would definitely recommended this book to all dreamers and to all that wander.Published 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
I purchased this book because it said it had an audiobook also. Unfortunately, the audio only works when you have access to wifi. We needed it in the car. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Juli H.
The illustrations would not load to my cell phone and there are some formatting errors that appeared on both my cell phone and tablet.Published 9 days ago by Paul Toigo