The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Classic Starts Series)
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Classic Starts Series)

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by Mark Twain, Dan Andreasen
     
 

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“We said there was no home like a raft. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery…but you feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.” Sail down the Mississippi with Huck Finn and the runaway slave, Jim. Twain’s beloved tale, with its folksy language, creates an indelible image of antebellum America with its sleepy

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“We said there was no home like a raft. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery…but you feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.” Sail down the Mississippi with Huck Finn and the runaway slave, Jim. Twain’s beloved tale, with its folksy language, creates an indelible image of antebellum America with its sleepy river towns, con men, family feuds, and a variety of colorful characters.

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Children's Literature
This title in the "Classic Starts" series is an abridged, rewritten version of Mark Twain's original novel. Huckleberry's adventure begins when the Widow Douglas takes him into her home and tries to civilize him. Huckleberry's pap kidnaps his son after discovering that he is rich and educated. Huckleberry escapes and sets out on a rafting adventure down the mighty Mississippi. While on the lam, Huckleberry runs into his friends Jim, a runaway slave, and Tom Sawyer, as well as a few unsavory characters. Huckleberry and Tom eventually arrive at the home of Tom's Aunt Sally and Uncle Silas. Aunt Sally wants to adopt and civilize the free spirited Huckleberry but he will not go through that again. Ho's abridged version of Huckleberry Finn's adventures is a fun and fast-paced story for children. It is easy to read and comprehend. Following the story there are questions for the reader to discuss with their parents or teacher. An educational afterword is included for adults who have a child in their life. This latest version will create a whole new generation of fans. Long live Huckleberry Finn. 2006, Sterling Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
—Mary Jo Edwards

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402724992
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Classic Starts Series
Edition description:
Modern Retelling
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
78,588
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it now
tommy demo More than 1 year ago
its was a great book. fantastic sequal to tom sawyer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this amazing story with my dad. We realy enjoyed it. I hope that whomever is reading this will read it. To see how interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This abridgment of the classic novel is written at a third grade reading level (which buyers need to know and which is not stated in the description). Because of the highly devolved nature of the plot, many plot points are eliminated. The plot points that remain seldom retain the original flavor, theme or message, and resemble the original in only the broadest manner. This is not an accurate accommodation for those students who are assigned the book in school (probably 9th to 10th grades) but who need lower levels of complexity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review for Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, By Mark Twain, was a simple and yet lyrical portrayal of pre-Civil War America. It starts out with a boy- an adventurous, quick-thinking, kind-hearted boy, who possess eyes that can see through the facades of many dishonest, un-virtuous, and incompetent adults around him. He finds himself floating down the grand Mississippi, a young boy making a living in a world of adults. He has many adventures and escapades- the first one leading straight into the next. He manages to escape flee these scrapes by using his razor-sharp wit and talent to lie convincingly. While, at first glance, this book is seemingly plotless and pointless, a reader will find many surprising lessons to be learned throought the book. Many times, Huck will be a sole witness to a crook&rsquo;s wrongdoings and crimes. Even though he fears responsibility, he does his best to expose the crooks for what they really are, sometimes putting his own life on the line to do so. He learns that even though he seeks a life of freedom without consequences, he must own up and accept the penalties for his actions. He begins to understand that if consequences are not accepted, people&rsquo;s lives can be ruined. Admittedly, I did find parts of this book to be disturbing, and even slightly offensive. He portrayed most of his characters as simple-minded, blundering cowardly, and easily fooled. It said more about the writer than the people he was writing about, I think. I sort of got the impression that Mark Twain felt quite cynical towards people in general. When I looked it up, I discovered that towards the end of his life, Mark Twain did become cynical and critical of the human race, due to unfortunate personal loss and financial failure. It was interesting and disturbing at the same time to see how this pessimistic point of view showed through his writing in his novel. This book, I would say, is a good read for many Americans. It captures the heart of the American Dream- the desire for freedom without fear of consequence. Even though the writer&rsquo;s negative feelings towards people showed through in places, it was fun to read the sort of scrapes Huck found himself in, and the bright, original way in which he escaped these sticky messes. In my mind, I sort of viewed Huck as a representation of your average &ldquo;American Joe&rdquo;- He&rsquo;s bright, inventive, and, most importantly, he longs for a life of freedom. I would also like to recommended The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer to anyone who enjoyed this book. It was- in my opinion- much more entertaining, and it did not show the same pessimistic point of view as Huckleberry Finn. however, negative point of view or not, I would definitely give this book 4 stars out of 5.
melman555 More than 1 year ago
what i think of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The story basically follows the adventures of young Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim. Huck is trying to escape has drunken and abusive father, while Jim is trying to escape slavery. Jim is trying to escape being sold down the river, or else he would be separated from his family. There is a moral to this book as Huck slowly learns to love Jim as a friend and not think of the color of his skin. Earlier in the novel Huck is worried about helping a runaway slave and is not sure what he should do. Huck being raised in Missouri, he has been taught that helping a slave run away is one of the worst sins imaginable and that blacks are pretty much worthless except as slaves and property. It takes a while for the truth to come to Huck but he finds that he is determined to help his friend get his freedom, no matter what. Huck ends up risking his own life to do just that. He not only saves Jim, but his own soul too. I didn&rsquo;t like how the book was very challenging for me to read because of the grammar structure but, it makes the story a lot better and is a pure joy to read and I suggest you read. Just let the story flow and enjoy each word. The dialects used may slow you down a bit at first but they add so much to the meaning to the book. This is a wonderful story.
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Me48 More than 1 year ago
Eight to twelve year old boys and girls will enjoy reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It is very suspenseful when Huck tricks his pap that he is dead. The book is very adventurous when Tom and Jim explore the lake. The story was exciting when Tom and Huck went on an adventure together to save Jim. If you like this book you will also like The Adventures Tom Sawyer.
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Amazing! Fantastic!