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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Classic Starts) Hardcover – March 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1402712166 ISBN-10: 1402712162

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402712162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402712166
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-7–Even those who dislike adaptations will find much to admire in this retelling of the pranks, adventures, and fun of Tom Sawyer, a boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the early 19th century. The reteller includes the most memorable adventures: from Tom's sly trickery with the whitewashed fence, cleverly manipulating everyone to do his work for him, to his and Huck Finn's grave-robbing episode, and Becky and Tom's scary night lost in the cave. The most memorable characters are here, too, from Aunt Polly to Injun Joe. This nicely realized adaptation manages to retain the flavor of the original without the old-fashioned style of expression. Quality is retained: the story is not Disney-fied and doesn't feel dumbed down. Pen-and-ink illustrations help interpret the action. A series of thought-provoking questions are appended, along with an afterword on the benefits to children of reading adapted classics.–Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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Huckleberry Finn may be the greater book, but Tom Sawyer has always been more widely read. Moreover, it is a book that can be enjoyed equally by both children and adults. Twain, who called it a "hymn" to boyhood, would be thrilled that in narrator Patrick Fraley his hymn has found its most passionate voice. Many good unabridged readings of Tom Sawyer have already been recorded, but most are simply that: readings. Fraley's performance is something more; in attempting to bring each character to life, his enthusiasm for the material is so palpable that the mere sound of his voice commands attention. A can't-miss addition to all libraries, including those that have other Tom Sawyer programs. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Customer Reviews

I think that this is a good book to read just for the sake of having read it.
Maci and Zoe Read Books
While it may seem like a silly detail, it's noteworthy to point out that the font and spacing used in this book make it much easier to read, especially read aloud.
I've been reading several from the series of Classic Starts to my 4 and 5 year olds.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Davis on September 13, 2011
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Unabridged and IllustratedThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer that I bought from is a paperback Piccadilly Classics (Unabridged and Illustrated) edition, written by Mark Twain (Samuel Langborne Clemens) and illustrated by T. Williams, and published by Piccadilly Books, Ltd. copyright 2010.

I am VERY pleased with this edition's keeping to the Mark Twain's original manuscript and the use of (from my understanding...and by the looks of it) wonderfully-used original illustrations. I mean, really, the size of the book, typeface and insertion of the illustrations are artfully done and flow very nicely.

The thing that makes me sick about this book, is that it is less than 1-month old and falling apart DURING my first reading of it. Such a fun, beautiful and timeless book deserves to be printed accordingly. A classic deserves a matching binding and cover quality that will withstand numerous generations of readers effortlessly.

Specific problems I have had with my copy include: (1) The pages are bound together unevenly. I had a mind just to send the book back to amazon when I saw this flaw, because I knew they would right the problem immediately. My kids saw some of the illustrations and cover, however, and were so ready for me to read it NOW, that I kept it and decided it would just be an imperfect addition to our library. But more imperfections promptly presented themselves. (2) Because of the uneven binding job, the cover tore at the bottom where there are no pages to hold it up (the unevenly bound pages "slant" to full starting at the front cover back).
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susan on October 24, 2012
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Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn certainly rank among the very finest fiction in the American literary canon. Only fools would suggest otherwise. Unfortunately, other fools have censored both books. This is an obscenity. Do these morons actually think that they need to protect the reading public from ideas that were the cultural norm 175 years ago? What unmitigated, insufferable, ignominious gall. Thankfully, Amazon can still provide us with the original versions of these brilliant books. The suggestion that reading Twain in his original prose somehow endangers the public good is both specious and ridiculous. So, then, if we read Lolita will we become pedophiles? If we read Pound will we become fascists? If we read Portnoy's Complaint will we masturbate constantly? The exquisite sensitivity of some groups within our society says more about their determined unwillingness to embrace the freedom and democracy they enjoy than anything else. To hell with them. Buy these wonderful books and read them guilt-free.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn A Hickman on July 10, 2011
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My husband and I listened to these CD's while traveling, and found ourselves over and over praising the reader chosen for this CD. He entertains with a remarkable variety of voices, all very authentic, and brings the story of Tom Sawyer alive in ways I never expected. I am SO happy I chose this version..I can't recommend it enough!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Panagopoulos on August 29, 2013
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Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (hereafter "Tom Sawyer") is much more than a superficially fun and episodic chronicle of a rascally misbehaving kid's experiences in a Missouri town because, well, Tom is much more than a rascally misbehaving kid. Although he is indifferent to stuffy and pedantic academic and religious studies, Tom has lots of native intelligence and motivational leadership qualities. For example, of course, he employs "reverse psychology" in the classic fence-painting sequence, but he also leads groups of kids in playing war games, Robin Hood (the tale and language of which he has eagerly absorbed), and even truant pirates on a remote Mississippi River isle. Tom can even be boldly truthful, as when he overcomes his fear of retribution from "Joe" and testifies in court that he witnessed "Joe" murder young Dr. Robinson, a graverobbing co-conspirator, and frame a second co-conspirator Muff Potter for the crime.

Tom even has earnest, if sometimes clumsy and fickle, romantic aspirations. His "abandonment" of his `engagement" to Amy Lawrence in favor of "Becky Thatcher" attests to that. Like those of soap opera lovers, their courtship is erratic, flirtatious, off-and-on, and even vindictive until Tom proves his gallantry by taking the painful rap for Becky Thatcher's accidental damage of the schoolmaster's anatomy book. He becomes even more of a gallant, resourceful, composed hero by comforting Becky and himself after getting lost in the labyrinthine cave they were playing in and devising a stratagem (tying a string so they don't let lost in the maze, as Theseus did when entering the Minotaur's maze) to get out.

Tom also certainly knows how to attract attention and admiration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craobh Rua on March 24, 2011
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835. He is best known for "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer - albeit under the name St Petersburg.

"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" was first published in 1876, but is set in the 1840s. Tom's two best friends are Joe Harper and Huck Finn. Joe is a similar character to Tom, a leader of men in the school's playground. Huck, on the other hand, is viewed with dread by the town's mothers. (Naturally, he's a likeable character with a good heart, and is adored by all the schoolchildren). He is the son of the town drunk and has to look out for himself : he sleeps wherever he can find shelter, doesn't go to school or church, is a world-class-swearer. The golden-haired Becky Thatcher, though, is someone is desperate to impress : the new girl in town, Tom is head over heels with Becky from the second he sees her.

Tom and his younger half-brother Sid live with his Aunt Polly, his dead mother's sister. The two boys are very different. Tom is an imaginative boy who isn't keen on school and is always getting up to some sort of mischief - although there isn't anything malicious in his makeup. Sid, meanwhile, is quiet, well-behaved and loves to see Tom get into trouble. Chores and the inevitable punishments are constantly getting in the way of Tom's schemes - and, as the book goes on, both Tom and Huck become more afraid of the dreaded Injun Joe.

A quick and easy read, one that brought back a lot of memories. (All the superstitions and the solemn oaths, how you were always so unfairly treated as a kid - and the world would always be a better place if you could only run away). Absolutely recommended.
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Mark Twain (1835-1910) was an American humorist, satirist, social critic, lecturer and novelist. He is mostly remembered for his classic novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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