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Les Miserables (A Stepping Stone Book) Paperback – March 14, 1995
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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).
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!)
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.
Very well written and appropriate for 3rd grade and up. I would read a chapter each class and the students would beg me to read another one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yikes. Definitely not a good read aloud. The beauty of Les Mis is definitely lost in translation, but this couldn't hurt to read to familiarize a child with the plot.Published 3 months ago by Meshelle
A great book for telling one of my favorite tales to young children!Published 11 months ago by Jodi B McGregor
Sad story but well written. I think that it should be longer though because I finished it in 30 minutes.Published 13 months ago by Stephen Rappenecker
Some of the information regarding Victor Hugo is historically incorrect, but the book is a nice introduction to the story.Published 16 months ago by Bibliomaniac Barb
It is a great book adaptation.,. Heightened the giver and a few years ago and a few years ago I think the hiddenPublished on July 22, 2014 by Wendy Martin
My 8 year old just read this for his AR - Accelerated Reader requirement and test and loved this book. Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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 on March 22, 2014 by Lauren