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Stories for Young People: Mark Twain
     

Stories for Young People: Mark Twain

by Sally Wern Comport
 
With their humor, vivid language, and irreverence, these five stories by Samuel Langhorne Clemens--better known to the world as Mark Twain--will simply delight young readers everywhere. Outstanding paintings by artist Sally Wern Comport add to the amusement of such unique tales as "An Encounter with an Interviewer" and the brief, but pointed, "A Fable." Youngsters

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With their humor, vivid language, and irreverence, these five stories by Samuel Langhorne Clemens--better known to the world as Mark Twain--will simply delight young readers everywhere. Outstanding paintings by artist Sally Wern Comport add to the amusement of such unique tales as "An Encounter with an Interviewer" and the brief, but pointed, "A Fable." Youngsters will especially appreciate the slyly witty "Advice to Youth," an actual talk Twain delivered to a group of girls in 1882. Sympathetic to children's rebellious yearnings, he turned the traditional moral lectures of his time upside down: "First I will say to you, young friends...Always obey your parents, when they are present. This is the best policy in the long run; because if you don't, they will make you." A perfect way to whet children's appetites and prepare them for Twain's complete novels.

Dr. Gregg Camfield is the editor of The Oxford Companion to Mark Twain and author of Sentimental Twain and Necessary Madness: The Humor of Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Since 1996, he has been a Professor of English at the University of the Pacific.

Sally Wern Comport has won awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, and Spectrum. Her recent books include Young Reader's Shakespeare: Hamlet, Poetry for Young People: American Poetry, Brave Margaret, and The Great Expedition of Lewis and Clark. She serves on the faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-This collection of five stories includes "An Encounter with an Interviewer," "The Invalid's Story," "Advice to Youth," "The L1,000,000 Banknote," and "A Fable." "Banknote" comprises a little more than half of the pages; the other pieces are short, even for this author. Handsome illustrations with detailed, revealing facial expressions and body language appear on almost every page. The book opens with a biography, explaining the meaning of "mark twain," briefly outlining Clemens's life, and quickly discussing his influence on American literature. Glossary notes are found at the bottoms of pages. Oddly, the CIP data indicates that this is "a simple retelling of five stories-." This is not the case; the texts are complete and unadulterated. The brevity of the four stories makes them ideal for reading aloud; the subject matter and Twainian commentary are pertinent to younger readers.-Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402711787
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Series:
Stories for Young People Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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