Mark Twain at Work!

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Level 2: Reading Independently
• More complex stories
• Varied sentence structure
• Paragraphs and short chapters
One day young Sam Clemens, later known as Mark Twain, plays a big prank in school. His mom punishes Sam by asking him to paint the long fence outside. It's a job that would take one boy hours to complete, but clever Sam figures ...

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Overview

Level 2: Reading Independently
• More complex stories
• Varied sentence structure
• Paragraphs and short chapters
One day young Sam Clemens, later known as Mark Twain, plays a big prank in school. His mom punishes Sam by asking him to paint the long fence outside. It's a job that would take one boy hours to complete, but clever Sam figures out a way to get the job done without doing any work himself at all!

A beginning biography of Mark Twain that relates the childhood incident which grew into one of his most famous books: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
For adults the story of how Samuel Clemens tricked his friends into painting his fence is well known, but this early reader offers a wonderful introduction to the man who will become known as Mark Twain—one of America's greatest humorists. Sam was a restless kid who did not enjoy sitting in school. One day he brought a snake to school and as part of his punishment for scaring the other kids, his mother assigned him the task of painting the fence around their yard. By claiming to his friends that it was fun, he not only got them to do the work, he ended up collecting a pile of booty from those who wanted to pay for the privilege of having some "fun." The loose watercolor paintings showing a tousled boy full of energy are just right for this Level 2 book in the "Ready-To-Read" series that features the childhood of famous Americans. 2003, Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Ages 5 to 7.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This simple introduction to the writer's life and mischievous personality focuses on the well-known fence-painting incident that grew into Tom Sawyer. However, given the amount of fictionalized dialogue, it should be catalogued in fiction rather than biography. Lively, colorful pictures, mainly spreads, add interest and humor to the text. While the scope of this biography is very limited, the book is perfect in length and interest for preschoolers as well as early readers.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689853999
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: Ready-to-read COFA Series
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 592,010
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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Level 2: Reading Independently

• More complex stories
• Varied sentence structure
• Paragraphs and short chapters

One day young Sam Clemens, later known as Mark Twain, plays a big prank in school. His mom punishes Sam by asking him to paint the long fence outside. It's a job that would take one boy hours to complete, but clever Sam figures out a way to get the job done without doing any work himself at all!

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