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A beautiful, golden, jewel-studded statue and a little swallow give all they have to help the poor.
Gr 9 Up
These volumes present classic American and British tales that are commonly covered in high school and college literature courses. The stories are all ripe for classroom discussions on irony (The Ransom of Red Chief ), social conventions (The Lottery ), unreliable narrators (The Cask of Amontillado ), and aesthetic philosophy (The Happy Prince ). Each slim volume has a well-spaced typeface with notable passages printed in brightly colored font. A short essay of literary criticism citing textual evidence follows each tale, along with a concise author biography with photographs or paintings. The literary essays may be used as examples for student writing assignments. However, the spot artwork is more decorative than illustrative, and the books' textbooklike appearance will not win any fans among students. Seek more attractive editions if these tales are absent from currently owned anthologies.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
Posted February 13, 2010
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