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Children's LiteratureThis easy reader condenses Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels into 62 pages. On a voyage in the South Seas, an Englishman finds himself shipwrecked in Lilliput, a land of people only six inches high. Originally held as a prisoner, he eventually is allowed to roam freely and helps the Lilliputians in their war with Blefescu. When he is warned that the Lilliputians are turning on him, Gulliver escapes to Blefescu where he seeks refuge until he is able to embark on his journey home. The text's brevity causes large gaps in the story as well as diminishes the wit and satire of Swift's work. Language is awkward and stilted. Illustrations are likewise stiff and often seem stuck on the page with text below and sometimes above the drawings. This is not a piece of literature that translates well into an easy-to-read, controlled vocabulary text. Why ruin this great story by diluting it? 2003, Usborne, Ages 6 to 8.
— Peg Glisson