The Monkey's Paw

The Monkey's Paw

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by W. W. Jacobs
     
 

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Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.

We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the

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Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.

We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has been designed with today's young reader in mind. As the words come to life, students will develop a lasting appreciation for great literature.

The humor of Mark Twain...the suspense of Edgar Allan Poe...the danger of Jack London...the sensitivity of Katherine Mansfield. Creative Short Stories has it all and will prove to be a welcome addition to any library.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
A monkey's paw is a talisman that grants its possessor wishes that come with horrific consequences. Mr. White wishes for two hundred pounds, which he receives as compensation when his son dies in a machinery accident at work. Mrs. White, grief stricken, wants to use the second wish for bringing her son back to life. But Mr. White, knowing that the son was horribly maimed in the accident, uses the third wish to prevent the second wish from coming true. This famous short story by Jacobs is full of sorrow and horror. This book is part of a "Creative Short Stories" collection of classic short stories read in many high school English classes. An essay at the end of the book gives readers an inside look at the historical context of the story and how Jacobs foreshadows the ending throughout the story. An author biography also accompanies the story. The story is lightly illustrated, which helps set the mood for the macabre. Recommended for high school English classrooms and high school libraries. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
VOYA - Cynthia Winfield
This newly-expanded "Creative Short Stories" series includes sixteen classic short story titles often encountered in junior high curricula, each presented in individual hardcover books with period artwork and photographs. The large pages and double-spaced type make the text reader-friendly, although the font appears to be a standard 12-point type. Curiously the publisher chose to print most of the text in black but a few scattered lines on each page appear in shades of blue, green, red, or orange; this reader can neither discern a pattern to the colored text nor posit a rationale for why certain sentences were chosen over others for the colored type. Some colored lines seem pivotal to the stories while others do not. Each story is followed by a brief literary essay commenting on some aspect of the text and including quotes from the story (the lines for some of which are printed in color). The essay is followed by a biographical piece about the author. Illustrations complement the text and provide footholds for cross-curricular discussions. To a classroom teacher with a limited budget, purchasing class sets of any of the individual stories would seem extravagant; however, the hardcover presentation might make the text more enticing for reluctant readers and a few copies of a title could support small reading groups. The books are beautifully done and their unusual presentation could make them preferable for student readers over the tightly-packed text found in many standard short story anthologies. For schools, libraries, or parents with ample budgets, having these sixteen titles on the shelf would be an asset. Reviewer: Cynthia Winfield
Amazon.com - Landon Reed
There is a reason this story has hung around for so long. It's simple. It's brief and it's entertaining. "The Monkey's Paw" is commonly taught in school and is a great way for students to cut their teeth on the short story form. This reworked addition reads very close to the original. This reader, at least, didn't notice any of the new writing intruding on Jacobs's work, and that's a good thing.

A brief biography is included, which matched the story -quick and no dilly-dallying with unn

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780886820602
Publisher:
Creative Company, The
Publication date:
05/28/1986
Series:
Short Story Library
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 6.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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