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Children's LiteratureFor 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