The Prince and the Pauper [NOOK Book]

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Tom Canty has always wanted to be rich, until he meets the Prince of Wales - and they switch places! Tom quickly finds out that being rich and powerful isn't nearly as fun as he'd hoped. Now he wants his old life back, but the real prince has disappeared! This timeless classic by Mark Twain makes another excellent addition to the Step into Classics line.

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Overview

Tom Canty has always wanted to be rich, until he meets the Prince of Wales - and they switch places! Tom quickly finds out that being rich and powerful isn't nearly as fun as he'd hoped. Now he wants his old life back, but the real prince has disappeared! This timeless classic by Mark Twain makes another excellent addition to the Step into Classics line.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With his legendary humor and delightful wit, Reiner gives new life to this classic Twain tale. The multiple Emmy Award winner and recent Television Hall of Fame inductee beautifully shifts between several accents, dialects and moods, letting listeners commiserate with the author's young protagonist, Tom Canty. Raised in a raucous family of beggars and thieves, Tom dreams and reads of princely life to escape his miserable 16th-century London existence. After wandering to Westminster and meeting benevolent Prince Edward Tudor (who bears an uncanny resemblance to the ragamuffin Tom), the pair exchange clothes and unwittingly identities. Reiner's vocal performance of this heartwarming story is sure to keep the entire family entranced. Listeners will be pleased that this volume is only one of several in a Mark Twain series read by Reiner. (June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Susan Hepler
Not bad, this adaptation which is one in a series now numbering over two dozen titles. While there's no literary merit to this retelling, the story is clearly told, numerous characters are kept in place, and nothing distracts the reader from what happens next. However, the tradeoff is that nothing much of Twain's inimitable style or the flavor of sixteenth century England remains although the theme of knowing the people well whom you are asked to rule comes through strongly. "Step into Classics" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Carl Reiner narrates this abridged version of The Prince and the Pauper. It captures the main plot points of the book and retains the rollicking humor of Twain's writing. The story concerns Tom Canty, a poor boy, who bears a striking resemblance to Prince Edward, heir to the throne of England. Through a series of mishaps, the boys change places, and those around them do not believe them when they each claim to be the other boy. Eventually, all ends well, with Edward restored to the throne and Tom retaining a place in his court. Reiner's narration is, at first, a big jarring, since an American accent telling a very British story is unexpected. However, once the story develops, listeners will quickly become engrossed. Various sound effects, such as trumpet fanfares, give the story some color. Overall, this is an entertaining choice for most public libraries.-Melissa Hudak, Roscoe Branch Library, Loves Park, IL
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Mark Twain's classic fantasy comes to life in this outstanding reading and interpretation by British actor Kenneth Jay. Using his voice like an instrument, Jay creates unique voices for each of the characters. Providing additional background to this wonderful British accented voice is a number of excellent selections of classical music from composers such as Purcell, MacDowell, Wagner, and Tomkins. The opening short piece of Baroque music that sounds as if it heralds the entry of royalty sets the mood for this story of two boys who exchange places during Henry VIII's reign. Students who might never consider opening Twain's book will sit enthralled at Jay's reading, and they just might decide to read the book. This audiobook will be useful in both literature and history classes, and will even be enjoyed by adults borrowing audiobooks from public library collections. Few audiobooks are as good as the text version, but this one is a pleasure to sit back and enjoy.-Linda Skeele, Western Elementary School, Georgetown, KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307800206
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

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Set in sixteenth-century England, Mark Twain’s classic “tale for young people of all ages” features two identical-looking boys—a prince and a pauper—who trade clothes and step into each other’s lives. While the urchin, Tom Canty, discovers luxury and power, Prince Edward, dressed in rags, roams his kingdom and experiences the cruelties inflicted on the poor by the Tudor monarchy. As Christopher Paul Curtis observes in his Introduction, The Prince and the Pauper is “funny, adventurous, and exciting, yet also chock-full of . . . exquisitely reasoned harangues against society’s ills.”
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the Mark Twain Project edition, which is the approved text of the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association.

Author Biography: Christopher Paul Curtis, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award, is the author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 and Bud, Not Buddy. He is currently at work on a novel entitled Bucking the Sarge.

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Table of Contents

I. The Birth of The Prince and the Pauper 23
II. Toms Early Life 27
III. Tom's Meeting with the Prince 37
IV. The Prince's Troubles begin 49
V. Tom as a Patrician 57
VI. Tom receives Instructions 73
VII. Tom's First Royal Dinner 89
VIII. The Question of the Seal 97
IX. The River Pageant 103
X. The Prince in the Toils 109
XI. At Guildhall 123
XII. The Prince and His Deliverer 133
XIII. The Disappearence of the Prince 151
XIV. "Le R oi est mort--Vive le R oi" 161
XV. Tom as King 179
XVI. The State Dinner 195
XVII. Foo-Foo the First 203
XVIII. The Prince with the Tramps 223
XIX. The Prince with the Peasants 237
XX. The Prince and the Hermit 247
XXI. Hendon to the Rescue 259
XXII. A Victim of Treachery 269
XXIII. The Prince a Prisoner 281
XXIV. The Escape 289
XXV. Hendon Hall 295
XXVI. Disowned 309
XXVII. In Prison 317
XXVIII. The Sacrifice 333
XXIX. To London 341
XXX. Tom's Progress 347
XXXI. The Recognition Procession 353
XXXII. Coronation Day 365
XXXIII. Edward as King 385
Conclusion: Justice and Retribution 399
Notes 405
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Reading Group Guide

Set in sixteenth-century England, Mark Twain’s classic “tale for young people of all ages” features two identical-looking boys—a prince and a pauper—who trade clothes and step into each other’s lives. While the urchin, Tom Canty, discovers luxury and power, Prince Edward, dressed in rags, roams his kingdom and experiences the cruelties inflicted on the poor by the Tudor monarchy. As Christopher Paul Curtis observes in his Introduction, The Prince and the Pauper is “funny, adventurous, and exciting, yet also chock-full of . . . exquisitely reasoned harangues against society’s ills.”

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the Mark Twain Project edition, which is the approved text of the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association.

1. The Prince and the Pauper is set in sixteenth-century Tudor England during the reign of Henry VIII. This time was marked by a great social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor. How does Twain tackle this issue in the novel? What did you learn from this time period about democracy and monarchy?

2. Some might say Miles Hendon acts as the "hero" in this novel. What heroic qualities does he possess? Is he lacking any that prevent him from being a true hero?

3. What are some of the similarities between Tom's and Edward's lives? What makes the other's life more appealing to Tom and Edward, respectively? How do they grow through their experiences?

4. In the novel, children believe that Edward is the king while the adults do not. Are there other examples where children have greater knowledge than adults? ConsiderTwain's implications here.

5. The Prince and the Pauper has been compared in style to works of Dickens. What aspect of the novel stands out to you most?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    A Classic for all ages

    This book really touches on important topics, but in a very discreet way. It shows the importance of honesty, perserverance, and loyalty in a beautifully written tale. Mark Twain captures the essence of sixteenth century England, and what life was like, not only for the poor of the time, but the royalty as well. Both of the main characters, Prince Edward and young Tom Canty learn valuable lessons in life. Tom learns the hardships of being a king and learns to greater appreciate his simple life while doing much to improve the quality of life for England's poor. Through Edward's many trial in trying to reclaim his throne he meets many people and sees many hardships that make him a far wiser King and ruler.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2002

    I was 9 when I read it and Loved it!!

    Defiently a MUST read if you like Medival stuff.

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