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The Prince and the Pauper

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Classic Book Category with very ADULT content

My 4th grade son was given the reading assignment of choosing a classic book for his report. While I am very supportive of what he reads and always read what he reads, either with him or on my own, I was quite surprised with some of the content in the book.

While s...
My 4th grade son was given the reading assignment of choosing a classic book for his report. While I am very supportive of what he reads and always read what he reads, either with him or on my own, I was quite surprised with some of the content in the book.

While some of the situations and lessons are great for kids to learn, it was quite bothersome and hurtful to my son to read about how the main character, Tom Canty, is treated by his father. While I certainly do not want to ruin the story, he is starved and beaten for not begging and stealing enough to his father's satisfaction. In continuing with the story, the Prince witnesses women be burned alive at the stake while their daughters grasp for them and one of them actually has her clothing catch fire.

Some parents may certainly be okay with their child reading content such as this, my son had a hard time accepting that he had to read and then write about this among other incidents that happened throughout the book.

The language is very difficult to understand as well. While the book was rated for his age group, I feel it would be more acceptable for older children who are more emotionally able to understand and accept that treatment such as what was endured throughout the book was tolerated in the time it was portrayed to have "happened".

The footnotes were extremely helpful and made the book a bit more easier to understand and more realistic in some ways.

Hope this review helps other parents in deciding whether or not this might be the best book for their child.

posted by tlevnh on May 7, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Ick

I thought the story was very overdone and incredibly hard to get into. If you don't HAVE to read this book, DON'T.

posted by Anonymous on August 30, 2000

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

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    Love it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    sounds goid

    Is it as good as it sounds? What are some other good books please?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    A classic BUT not histroically accurate!

    I am a complete Tudor histpry buff I have researched everything possible of Tudor history then when I found out this book had Edward in it I was so excited I read it with disappointment!There were so many date,ages,names and feelings completely messed up!And Mark over exadderated many things!I was upset during the whole book (thats how obsessed I am...)Though an interesting story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    Medevil Twins

    The Prince and the Pauper is a great book if you are into the medevil type of literature. This story is hard to understand at times because of its older form of descriptive language. Dispite that, it is a detailed, and captivating novel to read if you obtain a reading level of an average 12 year old or higher. In this novel, a prince comes face to face with a lookalike pauper, only to switch places with him and discover that what he is dressed in will be exactly how he will be treated in society. Read this book and you will be taken on an exciting adventure back in time to a world of royalty as well as poverty, and to an almost mythical setting, in the past. I recommend this book to those who are interested in getting a glimpse of medevil history, while at the same time, learning of the hardships a person faces when being mistakend for someone other than themselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Typical Literature Class Book

    This was an ok book, its what you would expect from a lit class. I would not read this during my free time, but if it is a school assignment, just take the time to sit down and read the assigned pages, because at times this book is fairly interesting.

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