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Treasure Island (Enriched Classics) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Here's a bit of information you other readers might enjoy: the meaning of the pirates' song--
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
The real-life pirate, Edward Teach (Blackbeard the Pirate) once marooned 15 of his men on a small island named Dead Man's Chest. He put them ashore with no weapons, equipment or supplies--just a bottle of rum.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not the most amazing piece of literature I have read, but certainly entertaining.Published 1 day ago by Madeleine Fort
I read this book when I was young, When I found it on Amazon I decided to download it to see if I still liked it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by lorraine stewart
This is a classic. I loved this book as a child, and still enjoy reading it as an adult.Published 6 days ago by PlainAcres
I've always liked pirate stories, but had never read Treasure Island until now. I'm a big fan of Black Sails, and when I realized that this TV show is a prequel to Treasure Island,... Read morePublished 9 days ago by William Lahaie
Still good after all these years. Re-read it to keep track of the characters in "Black Sails" which is turning out to be a kind of prequel to "Treasure Island".Published 10 days ago by FDADFA TRGF
The pacing of the story was extraordinary, throughout you could feel the growth in Jim and decline in long John. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kindle Customer