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Grade 3-5-- An adaptation of a major portion of H. G. Wells's classic. Rapid-fire short sentences and sentence fragments set the pace and add to the intensity of the action. The Time Traveler and several of his friends are quickly introduced, and then readers are immediately drawn into the future world. The protagonist narrowly survives his initial travels, returning to tell his friends about his harrowing adventures. He sets off once again, leaving the story's end in question--possibly motivating readers to turn to the original for further exploration. Eden's numerous black-and-white drawings are effective in enhancing the narrative. While certainly not a substitute or replacement for the depth and perspectives offered by the real thing, this version lends itself to presentation and discussion with young readers about the genre and about Wells's creative genius in an era long before Steven Spielberg. --Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL
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“[Wells] contrives to give over humanity into the clutches of the Impossible and yet manages to keep it down (or up) to its humanity, to its flesh, blood, sorrow, folly.” —Joseph Conrad
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (August 18, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679803718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679803713
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book contains so many sentence fragments and run-on sentences that I was unable to use it with the students I work with. I'm not sure if it was just poorly edited, or if that is the norm now with some of these adaptations but it's definitely not acceptable in most classrooms and it does a huge disservice to the original.

I had been looking forward to introducing some reluctant readers to this story, as we had already read and enjoyed many other titles in this series.

The other Stepping Stone Classics are really well written so this was a big disappointment. I will avoid any adaptations by this author in future. Our students have enough difficulty putting a coherent paragraph together without internalizing this type of example.
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My son is required to read 20 minutes per day. He reads quite fast, and I'm always on the lookout for suitable books for him. There are tons of books out there, but the challenge is to find quality books that keep his interest.
I love the Stepping Stones Classic series. My son read several books in that series, and I found that they indeed made master pieces accessible to young readers while being true to the spirit of the originals.
He has read Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Jungle Book.
I look forward to see him enjoy the other books in this wonderful series.
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I would call this a masterpiece H.G. Wells of tragic picture of all mankind. In this outstanding fantastic work the author put the hopes and aspirations of his contemporaries. These dreams are prevalent in modern society. The main character creates a time machine and performs a dizzying journey through time. In some incomprehensible way he gets into the distant future, in which it attains the horror and terrible disappointment. Why? Because he sees how humanity is finally degraded in the evolutionary plan. Around dominates nature and there are the remains of architectural structures. But people are like helpless children. They have forgotten how to think. This is a terrible discovery. But somewhere beneath the earth live scary creatures called "Morlocks". These monsters are full of aggression and ruthless to those who live on the earth's surface. All these horrifying metamorphosis is forced to watch a brilliant scientist. But his journey did not stop there and he makes another leap into the future. And what a paradox! He almost becomes a witness to the end of the earth itself. All these scenes are described accurately and after reading about, one feels that the reader himself has returned from the future. This is a unique novel by H. G. Wells, filled with philosophy and wisdom.
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This book is so engaging and fun. My students find the chapters exciting and always want to read on, when I want them to stop and discuss. The chapters are written well and allow for great predictions. The story line is simplified from the original, allowing my diverse readers to finally read and enjoy a difficult classic.
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Amazon.com has the reviews of various editions thrown together willy-nilly, so let me make clear that my review is of the "Bullseye Step Into Classics" edition, which is a complete rewrite and abridgement of Wells' original. I know many people feel such abridged versions are sacrilegious and yet another sign of the decline of civilization, but they can be a godsend for beginning readers of English. My son has been raised in Japan, and while he can understand spoken English and can speak it fairly well, reading is still difficult. At ten years of age, he is a sophisticated reader of Japanese, so "Dick and Jane" cannot hold his interest. Books like Martin's adaptation of The Time Machine allow him to use and expand his English while also providing entertainment that is not condescending. Martin's adaptation in particular is very good. I read a similar adaptation of Frankenstein (also published by Random House) by Larry Weinberg that was annoying precisely because it is condescending. Just because one is confined to a beginning vocabularly and simple syntax doesn't mean one needs to adopt a Barney-the-Dinosaur tone. My only complaint about Martin's adaptation is his use of incomplete sentences. I understand that he is trying to avoid complex sentences and perhaps create dramatic pauses, but I don't want my son to think that it's all right to write sentences that lack a subject or verb. Random House publishes many of these "streamlined" classics. Keeping in mind that the quality of the adaptations apparently varies, I suggest you read a few pages before deciding to buy any of them. Martin's Time Machine, though, is a winner. It was a real joy to hear my son reading whole English sentences without trouble. The story excited him, and reading the book by himself (with some help from me) boosted his confidence enormously. At this rate, he'll someday be ready for the original century-old text!
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