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Treasure Island Paperback – July 1, 2010
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This title is heavily abridged and aimed at children but, the Amazon title doesn't tell you this. From the inside cover of the book:
"This Great classic for Children by Dalmation press has been carefully condensed and adapted from the original version ... We kept the well-known phrases for you. We kept the author's style. And we kept the important imagery and heart of the tale."
With its large font and many illustrations the book comes out to 181 pages; whereas, the Sterling Classic unabridged with its regular sized font and no illustrations comes out to 232 pages. This gives an indication of how condensed this version is.
This one has its place as a kids version and should be clearly marked as such.
My son just turned six. There is no way that he would be able to sit through nor understand the original, but with this abridged version, he not only becomes familiar with the story, he falls in love with it as well. We began reading Treasure Island last night, and he begged for more and more. Finally, after six chapters I insisted that I needed to read to his older sister. While I did, this little kindegartner slugged through another chapter, struggling over every word to try to get more of the story. I couldn't have been more thrilled; that is the love of reading and the love of good literature with which I am trying to bless my children.
Classic Starts are a fantastic way to begin, in my opinion. I see no difference between a beginning pianist first learning an easy version of a classical piano concerto and a young reader first introduced to an abridged version of a classic that, in it's original form would be above both his context and vocabulary level. I am sure that when my son does encounter the original, and he will--I'll make sure of that--he will not only be more ready, he will be more excited to get the rest of the story, thanks to his familiarity with and fondness for Billy Bones, Jim, and Long John Silver. My thanks, Classic Starts.
Much has been remarked in many of these critiques about the outdated language Stevenson used. In that regard, I have to say that the Kindle edition that I downloaded lacks one thing that was included in my old printed edition, which was published by MacMillan way back in 1924. The old edition has a set of notes following the text, explaining a lot of the nautical terms and old-fashioned jargon. It even includes the complete lyrics to "A Bottle of Rum". I never found those notes necessary but they might prove useful to some of the younger readers, to whom such language might be unfamiliar. Personally, I think the language is part of what has given this tale it's lasting appeal. In addition, I don't know whether 18th Century pirates really spoke the way Stevenson has them speak in Treasure Island, but there is no doubt that it is the way they will forever be remembered, "...and ye may lay to that, Matey"!
Jim Hawkins is the hero of the story and he's a good lad with a stout heart. Long John Silver is the real star, however, and his character is a fascinating character study in moral ambiguity... or perhaps a study in amoral perfection. The pirate language is good and thick but this edition has plenty of notes to help you decipher some of the references that have become too obscure for today's readers. The plot moves along very briskly with no wasted scenes.
In short, Treasure Island well deserves its status as a beloved classic. It's a story of suspense and adventure that can be enjoyed at a child's level, but has substance for adults as well. I would recommend without reserve it to virtually anyone.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great adventure, great story. Hadn't read it in years. Couldn't put it down. It's also short and a quick read.Published 2 hours ago by David Lee
I knew the broad outlines of the story but I'd never read it myself until now. A classic tale but more sophisticated and insightful than I expected.Published 1 day ago by Theresa Farrell Tankersley
This is a classic that I remember being fascinated by as a kid. It is also timeless, as I maintained some of that same fascination reading it to my 5 year old (who was also... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jeremy
Good novel for middle schoolers. Gave each student a copy for his/her library. They need these classics.Published 5 days ago by Jim B.
Jack Hawkins and Long John Silver. A spirited pirate adventure and a true classic.Published 6 days ago by Dennis
I had forgotten how much I love adventure stories, but this one is a classic. The conversations can be a little hard to understand due to the use of time period vocabulary, but it... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Robert Romberger
The language of this century is much different than ours today. While I did enjoy the story I did not enjoy the reading experience.Published 14 days ago by Melinda6701