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Grade 3-5-- It goes without saying that, in the process of condensing and rewriting these books down to a fourth-grade reading level, most of the distinguished aspects of the works--writing style, language, atmosphere, characterization--have been sacrificed for a simple, not to say simplistic, master-plots approach that conveys the incidents but fails to impart the justification for their continuing endurance in the canon of juvenile literature. The books are illustrated with some attention paid to the sense of the plots and characters. For those who persist in the fallacy that knowing what the so-called "classics" of children's literature are about is a satisfactory substitution for actually experiencing them by reading the original, this series is acceptable. For the rest of us, it's as if someone's painted a guppy white and called it Moby Dick. --Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This new series of Illustrated Chosen Classics is a collection of the world's most famous stories, especially retold for children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
This is a great story. Why don't we write like this anymore? There would be no such thing as vocabulary problems.Published 5 days ago by Terry D Poling
We've added many of the classical books to our homeschool library and although the kids haven't read through them all yet I can say they are excited about every title and colorful... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Victoria Acevedo
I am 70 years old, and have been reading(and rereading)a lot of the classics again, I enjoyed this book,it kept me interested.I would recommend it highly to anybody any age.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is really two distinct novels, both of which I would rate as one star. The first deals with the family's attempt to build a comfortable habitat using materials conveniently... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer