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Tom Canty has always wanted to be rich, until he meets the Prince of Wales - and they switch places! Tom quickly finds out that being rich and powerful isn't nearly as fun as he'd hoped. Now he wants his old life back, but the real prince has disappeared! This timeless classic by Mark Twain makes another excellent addition to the Step into Classics line.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Feb 1, 1881
ISBN: 9780307800206
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The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain Why I picked this book up: I wanted to read this classic and I hadn’t read it before. It was a fun start from the beginning in my opinion. I was totally into this book!Why I finished this book: I finished it because there was so much to this book, kids were stuck, they thought Tom whom they thought was the prince was crazy but would not call him out of reverence and all that but it really was much more about, merciful leadership than a fanciful tale with a moral lesson that I really appreciated. The real prince learned the importance of balancing strength and grace, not just blind power.Rating: I’d give this book a 4.25 star rating out of 5 stars. I really liked this book it was fun and now I’m waiting for my oldest to read it. He’s been flying through huge books (about one a day) for weeks already. It’s fun to see.read more
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Although the kids had a hard time following the story (just like with Shakespeare, must be the Old English) this was a really good book. We just paused periodically to make sure that everyone was up to speed. This was not at all what I expected from Mark Twain although it did bear his hallmark humor. It was like a Tom and Huck scheme gone wrong with thees and thous. It was a much more in depth story than what you might suppose if all you had been exposed to is the animated versions. I was pleased and entertained.read more
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I loved the details in this book a lot. I could really see the dirty details of London in that era, from the description.read more
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The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain Why I picked this book up: I wanted to read this classic and I hadn’t read it before. It was a fun start from the beginning in my opinion. I was totally into this book!Why I finished this book: I finished it because there was so much to this book, kids were stuck, they thought Tom whom they thought was the prince was crazy but would not call him out of reverence and all that but it really was much more about, merciful leadership than a fanciful tale with a moral lesson that I really appreciated. The real prince learned the importance of balancing strength and grace, not just blind power.Rating: I’d give this book a 4.25 star rating out of 5 stars. I really liked this book it was fun and now I’m waiting for my oldest to read it. He’s been flying through huge books (about one a day) for weeks already. It’s fun to see.
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Although the kids had a hard time following the story (just like with Shakespeare, must be the Old English) this was a really good book. We just paused periodically to make sure that everyone was up to speed. This was not at all what I expected from Mark Twain although it did bear his hallmark humor. It was like a Tom and Huck scheme gone wrong with thees and thous. It was a much more in depth story than what you might suppose if all you had been exposed to is the animated versions. I was pleased and entertained.
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I loved the details in this book a lot. I could really see the dirty details of London in that era, from the description.
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Most people are familiar with the basic situation of this classic story, but there is much more to Twain's original version than to its many adaptations. Of course, the crucial fact of these two boys being born in such different circumstances at the same time and identical in appearance and meeting as they do is pretty fabulous, but then, it is intended as a fable. At root, this is a story about the arbitrariness of hereditary nobility in general and monarchy in particular, and in true Twain fashion there are many biting and hilarious scenes. However, Twain fails to be true to his own theme in his resolution, which basically amounts to "...and despite what you would expect from everything that's happened so far, they all lived happily ever after." It would have been much more powerful and memorable had they failed to prove their true identities and the pauper had remained king, and the king a pauper...but I suppose a lot of readers wouldn't have liked that ending (which would have been the point!). But in any case, Twain's story is well worth reading just as it is.
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I really like this story and sometimes it is just good to go back and re-read the classics. Plenty of good social commentary in here but it is a great story too.
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I did not like this book because it was very hard to understand (at least the version i read). I think that Mark Twain over did the old english a little bit.
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