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Les Miserables (A Stepping Stone Book(TM)) [Kindle Edition]

Victor Hugo , Monica Kulling
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The classic novel--and hit Broadway show--about escaped convict Jean Valjean has been adapted with easy-to-read text, large type, and short chapters. This engaging adaptation of the timeless tale is ideal for reluctant readers and kids not yet ready to tackle the original.


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“A new translation by Julie Rose of Hugo’s behemoth classic that is as racy and current and utterly arresting as it should be.” —The Buffalo News (editor’s choice)

“Lively, dramatic, and wonderfully readable.” —Alison Lurie, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Foreign Affairs

“Splendid . . . The magnificent story [is] marvelously captured in this new unabridged translation.”—Denver Post

“Rich and gorgeous. This is the [translation] to read. . . . If you are flying, just carry it under your arm as you board, or better still, rebook your holiday and go by train, slowly, page by page.” —Jeanette Winterson, The Times, London


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The classic novel--and hit Broadway show--about escaped convict Jean Valjean has been adapted with easy-to-read text, large type, and short chapters.  This engaging adaptation of the timeless tale is ideal for reluctant readers and kids not yet ready to tackle the original.  

Product Details

  • File Size: 428 KB
  • Print Length: 115 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 067986668X
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (June 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T0G94Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to a Wonderful Classic April 8, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We have the soundtrack for Les Miserables, and my children (1st & 2nd grade) were extremely interested in the storyline. My son was fascinated by the idea of social injustice, of a Bishop actually lying/sinning to save Jean Valjean and turn him into an honest man, of poor little Cosette's misery, of Eponine's unselfish love for Marius, of the student rebellion on behalf of the misery of the masses, of what could have possibly motivated Javert to kill himself, etc... He asked so many thoughtful questions, trying to understand this story. He actually pulled down my 1000+ pages, unabridged version of Les Miserables and tried to read the first few pages!

I promised him I would try to find a version of the story just right for a 2nd grader, although I said it was very unlikely. Then I searched Amazon and found this little gem of a book. He absolutely loved it and read it several times the first day it arrived. As you can imagine, much IS lost by transforming a 1000+ page, tiny font book into a 100 page, largish font book. However, there is no way a 2nd grader can possibly appreciate the original, and he thoroughly enjoyed this version, so he and I are completely satisfied by this Stepping Stone book.

Jessie Wise Bauer (Well-Trained Mind) maintains that introducing children to adapted classics is a good idea, because then they grow to love the stories and are not intimidated by the original works when they are older. If this idea appeals to you, then I also highly recommend the series of Odyssey books by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House author).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An 8-Year-Old's Review January 22, 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
Les Miserables is about a man named Jean Valjean who lived in France in the late 1700's. He was so poor that he had to steal a loaf of bread for his sister's child because the child was about to die from hunger. The police caught him and put him in jail for 19 years. Jean Valjean was very angry and hated the world when he left the jail. He stole silver from a kind bishop, but the bishop did not turn him into the police and even gave him more silver. After this, Jean Valjean changed his life and showed love and kindness to everyone around him. He even risked his life several times to save people.

I like this book because it teaches you to be kind and to have mercy on people. It also shows you how people lived during the time of the French Revolution. This is one of my favorite books ever. It is sad but cool, and you should read it. (I read the whole book in 2 hours straight!)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story Retold by a Great Author! October 20, 2005
Format:Paperback
My 3rd grader read this book for a homeschool assignment. We try to introduce the classics whenever we can. I was so impressed by this book, I've told all my homeschool girlfriends about it. The raw emotion and suspense is captured in this book, but the negative elements (prostitution, for example) are left out, making this very suitable for an elementary student. My reluctant-to-read child couldn't put it down! I love Monica Kulling's work- we own several of her retold classics. HOMESCHOOLERS: READ MY OTHER REVIEWS!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for poorer reader February 10, 2013
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After seeing the movie this year, my two high schoolers who do not like books, thoroughly enjoyed this version of the book. At least it is something they have read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Daughter Liked It May 7, 2011
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My eight year old daughter wanted to read Les Miserables after listening to the musical for several years. She would read along with the songs in the CD insert and had a pretty good grasp of the story line before beginning to read the book.

The book itself is about 150 pages in something like 15 chapters. We would read one or two chapters a day together and often she would read ahead of me the next day.The story in the book was developed enough that it retained my interest in the story and on several occasions my wife came in to listen as well.

The book does a good job of avoiding the more adult aspects of the original novel, no mention of prostitution and Javert's suicide is only 1 line in the book. The deaths of Fantine, Eponine and Jean ValJean are handled delicately and did not seem to overly upset my daughter.

As far as relating to the musical, I would say the story line in the book is more closely followed by the 25th anniversary version of the musical then the original version.

Overall I would say it is a good adaptation of the original for the elementary school readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stepping Stone Les Miserables July 15, 2007
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This book is a great way to interest your young(2nd-4th grade)child to the classics. The wording is simple and the book is just the right length. My daughter really enjoyed this classic tale. I look forward to introducing her to other books in the stepping stone series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Preparing young kids for Les Mis the Musical February 6, 2013
By EJ
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I had my 8 year old read this before she saw the musical. She loved it, has it on her Kindle and we are very glad we had this book for preparation or else she wouldn't have known what was going on. This is super kid-friendly while still following the major plotlines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Exposing Little Ones to The Story May 9, 2013
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We are huge Les Mis fans and wanted our 7- and 9-year olds to know the story before watching the new movie (minus the brothel and ravaging scenes). Our older one read it to the family, and Mom and Dad even learned a little more about the story line in the process. This is over 100 pages, so our 9-year old didn't feel like it was "too babyish."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It is a great book adaptation.,. Heightened the giver and a few years ago and a few years ago I think the hidden
Published 5 months ago by Wendy Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic
My 8 year old just read this for his AR - Accelerated Reader requirement and test and loved this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good synopsis of the story
We read this book with our kids so that they would understand the musical when we saw it in broadway. It was a great synopsis of the story for the kids.
Published 9 months ago by Lauren
2.0 out of 5 stars Just doesn't work
Some stepping stones abridgements are surprisingly decent. Most at least go down fighting and manage to capture at least a bit of the flavor of the original. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joe G
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction, but can be a bit simple
Overall good. My 8 year old daughter enjoyed it, but thought certain parts were oversimplified. Good introduction to the real story and perhaps the musical as well.
Published 12 months ago by EMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A book about humanity, about frailty and joy. About the highest and lowest life has to offer. I cried at the end of the book!!!
Published 15 months ago by Binyamin Klempner
5.0 out of 5 stars Most favorite story
Les Miserables is my favorite story and play. As an adult I have read the unabridged version of the story several times. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Kids
Although it is not the intertwining magic of the true Les Miserables, this book is perfect for the young reader.
Published 20 months ago by amazon addict
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I really liked reading this book. We had to read it as a class assignment. At first I wasn't too happy but when I read it , I really enjoyed the story.
Published 22 months ago by Mama2three
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
I saw the movie and then bought the book. It was easy reading and I enjoyed it very much.
I look forward to ordering another easy read classic.
Published 22 months ago by Edys D. Stine
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