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Grade 3-7-Large print, short chapters, and an abundance of white space provide an attractive, more-accessible option for readers who are not ready to handle the originals. At best, this approach works as a vehicle to deliver the basic elements of the stories while providing an entertaining, simplified version of the classic at a lower reading level. After all, many of our cultural references would be lost on readers who don't know what Jekyll and Hyde represent, or what consequences the creator of Frankenstein faced. At worst, the sometimes-stilted language reads like awkward translations. What is missing, of course, is the very language that makes these classics so evocative of their time. Victorian London, for example, is captured so much more readily with the elegant and dramatic prose of Robert Louis Stevenson. If presenting Classic Starts, do so with a recommendation: when you are ready, read the originals. There can be no substitute.-Elizabeth Fernandez, Brunswick Middle School, Greenwich, CT
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Abridged edition (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140272666X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402726668
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am an 8 year old boy who read this book & I finished it in a whole week.The book was told by the letters of Captain Robert Walton. Walton meets Victor Frankenstein who was sooner or later going to marry his adopted sister Elizabeth. Frankenstein goes to university and learns about science. He wants to make a man for his project. After it came to life Frankenstein was afraid of it. He thinks it is a monster. In a couple of months his best friend, Henry joins the university. Frankenstein was worried that Henry would be afraid of the monster and not like Victor anymore. Soon,Frankenstein receives a letter saying his brother William was dead. Frankenstein soon goes back home. Elizabeth's friend, Justine went to prison because everyone thought she did it except for Victor & Elizabeth. Victor finds the monster in the exact spot he killed William. The monster tells about his life and also tells him he wanted a wife. Frankenstein got married to Elizabeth. Soon,the monster kills Elizabeth because he didn't make his wife. Soon he goes on trial for finding out who killed his dear friend,Henry. Frankenstein went to prison guilty,but the judge knew it was not him. His father also comes to visit him. Soon he comes out of jail. He sees Captain Robert Walton again

and he dies.

Classic Starts is a nice way for children to experience classic stories.

If you want a story that has lots of violence. Get this today!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Snow Garden on March 28, 2010
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This version of Frankenstein, Classic Starts: Frankenstein, presents the reader with the original story, taking some liberties because of the targeted reading audience. (For example, the monster kills little WIlliam. In this version it is portrayed as an accident because the monster tried to keep William quiet, while in the original, the monster grabbed William by the throat.) Although the original version is difficult to read because of the dense style of writing, this version lacks the romantic charm of the original text. It does, however, allow the younger reader or poorer reader to access the story and learn the true story of Frankenstein, not the Hollywood movie version.
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In my opinion, the classics should be read in their original form. However, if that is not possible, then, as long as they are done right, reading an adaptation is acceptable. This retelling of the classic tale by Shelley captures the terror of science gone wrong, the primary message of the original story. It would be an effective literary counterweight if it were to be read either before or after the movie was shown in class.
This is not the original story; it has been rewritten to appeal to modern young readers while retaining all the original structure of the original. Sterling publishing has successfully accomplished that goal, and they are to be commended for that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Frankenstein was a great book. My favorite scene was when the creator was in his lab and Frankenstein was saying (if you don't finish Mrs. Frankenstein I will harm you and your family.) My favorite character was the creator because he was mysterious and crazy and didn't know what to do or say. From what I read I think the moral of the story was be careful what you create.

I love this book because it was different and unusual. Also because it's a mystery and those books get into your head; like everything in the book is happening in real life, and the tension rises in your stomach. This book is good for ages 10 and up. This is one of those books that you should read before you die.
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