Leo Tolstoy (Stories for Young People Series)

Leo Tolstoy (Stories for Young People Series)

by Donna Tussing Orwin, Herve Blondon, Herve Blondon
     
 

Tolstoy may have written some of the most expansive novels in all literature, but he also created wonderful short works, too. In a spectacularly illustrated volume that captures all the atmosphere of Tolstoy's Russia, Tolstoy scholar Donna Tussing Orwin carefully presents and annotates five of the writer's finest stories: "God Sees the Truth, But Waits," "How Much… See more details below

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Tolstoy may have written some of the most expansive novels in all literature, but he also created wonderful short works, too. In a spectacularly illustrated volume that captures all the atmosphere of Tolstoy's Russia, Tolstoy scholar Donna Tussing Orwin carefully presents and annotates five of the writer's finest stories: "God Sees the Truth, But Waits," "How Much Land Does a Man Need?," The Empty Drum," "The Imp and the Crust," and "Three Questions." Louise and Aylmer Maude, who knew Tolstoy personally, have translated the text.

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Children's Literature
Leo Tolstoy is regarded as one of the world's greatest novelists. But many people may not know that the author of the lengthy War and Peace also wrote delightful short stories. From the "Stories for Young People" series, this title introduces younger readers to five of Tolstoy's stories. Some are folktales, others fairytales, and all are sure to enchant. Find out how much land greedy Pahom really needs. The sad answer may surprise you. And how does the peasant, Emelyan, with the help of his beautiful wife, outsmart the king who demands that he "go to there, don't know where and bring back, that, don't know what?" The short introduction at the beginning of the book will acquaint readers with Tolstoy's life and works. And the brief discussions at the beginning of the stories will give readers some insight into the ideas and beliefs that Tolstoy incorporated into each. Throughout the book are pronunciation guides to names and definitions of words that readers may not be familiar with. Beautifully illustrated with pastels that evoke the rural Russia of the past. Although created for young people, this is a book that can be enjoyed by all ages. 2005, Sterling Publishing Co, Ages 10 up.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9-Each volume includes five to seven stories with original texts and full-color illustrations, a general introduction, a biography of the writer, and, for each story, a brief discussion of its theme, style, and/or characterization. In O. Henry, "The Gift of the Magi" leads into six other lesser-known stories such as "The Last Leaf" (a metaphorical story) and "The Pimienta Pancakes" (a story-within-a-story). Tolstoy presents the original translations by Louise and Aylmer Maude, colleagues of the writer, "slightly modified to bring them up to date and change them from English to American spelling." Selections vary in their range of difficulty and length and offer opportunity for discussion and discourse. In O. Henry the page numbers in the table of contents do not match the book's pagination and a few typos were noticed in Tolstoy. However, the layout and overall design of both books are pleasing, with lots of white space balanced by both full-page and smaller paintings surrounding the text. A glossary is provided on the page when warranted. For larger collections.-Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402711435
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
Stories for Young People Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
1,324,073
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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