- Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics (October 7, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140390839
- ISBN-13: 978-0140390834
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4,503 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,628,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Penguin Classics) 0th Edition
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up. Lapointe has colorfully illustrated various scenes from Twain's original story with detailed paintings and captioned each one with a quote from the text. Additional historical maps, reproductions, modern photographs, and other types of pictures from numerous sources give readers a better insight into life in the 1800s. They include pictures of Hannibal, MO, Mark Twain's birthplace and the inspiration for much of his work; animals and plants appear in the text along with common objects of the times. Most of them enhance readers' understanding. The result is a combination picture story/social commentary on the period. The trim size is a bit larger than that of most novels, allowing for a comfortable print size. Almost every page has at least one illustration and there are several double-page spreads. The only drawback to this version is that youngsters who are not familiar with the story may find the abundance of captioned illustrations in their myriad styles, formats, and colors distracting. However, for those who already know the story or are studying it in conjunction with 19th-century America, this version is a must.?Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
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 Paperback edition.
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On a slightly different note, I found the list of all the different illustrated Huckleberry Finns, because someone had analyzed all the illustrated versions to see how racist the illustrations of Jim were. The author of that paper felt that Rockwell's illustrations, done in the 1950s, were less racist than earlier versions, but still racist. I disagree, Rockwell's genius was to show people as people really are, and I thought he showed Jim (who is only in one or two of his illustrations), exactly as the person he was - not degrading him, but not overly super noble, either.
My son really enjoyed the book. We live near Hannibal so it spurred a trip to see all of the famous Twain sights. I know the book has fallen out of favor with many school districts because of its racial language in describing Jim. If this is a problem there are many websites that explore the relationship of Jim and Huckleberry Finn. The story in essence provides a realistic account of early American river town thoughts and language. Should continue to be read by everyone.
Great nations die when they lose their spirit. Yeah, we know where our children are, they're in their bedrooms gorging on Miley Cyrus and Facebook and slowly dying inside.