Tarzan of the Apes: The Man-Child

Tarzan of the Apes: The Man-Child

by Edgar Burroughs

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Children's Literature - Joan Elste
This adaptation of Tarzan for the "Short Tales Classic" series leaves something to be desired. The opening sentence states that John Clayton, also known as Lord Greystoke, and his wife Alice were stranded. This leaves the reader to question how and where. The writing seemed stiff and the telling of this adventurous tale felt bland. Kala, a kind ape, adopts the young child when both his parents are killed by apes a year after they are stranded. Although Kala nurtures and protects the young boy from Kerchack, the leader of the apes who is feared by the others, young Greystoke is not afraid. Kerchack's stare would make anyone turn away, except young Greystoke. The story tells of Kala's natural love for the boy, and the illustrations show her carrying him through the trees because he cannot climb like the other apes. But then the story suddenly comes to an abrupt end, telling the reader that Kala names him Tarzan, The White Ape. There has been no communication between Kala and the child throughout the story, and it seemed unnatural to suddenly have her naming him in the end. Reviewer: Joan Elste

Product Details

ABDO Publishing
Publication date:
Short Tales Classics
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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