The Prince and the Pauperby Jane E. Gerver
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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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Defiently a MUST read if you like Medival stuff.