Tom Sawyer: With Student Activities [NOOK Book]

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This classic novel has been abridged and adapted into 10 illustrated chapters. This format is ideal for bilingual education - people learning English as a second language (ESL),  English Language Learners (ELL), people of any age intending to improve reading skills and students for whom the original version would be too long or difficult. This learning product is high-interest, low-readability. Readers of this version will improve comprehension, fluency and vocabulary.
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Tom Sawyer: With Student Activities

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Overview

This classic novel has been abridged and adapted into 10 illustrated chapters. This format is ideal for bilingual education - people learning English as a second language (ESL),  English Language Learners (ELL), people of any age intending to improve reading skills and students for whom the original version would be too long or difficult. This learning product is high-interest, low-readability. Readers of this version will improve comprehension, fluency and vocabulary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780848111366
  • Publisher: EDCON Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/15/2012
  • Series: Bring the Classics to Life Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 771,174
  • Age range: 7 years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorn Clemens November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, the sixth of seven children. At age four the family moved to Hannibal, Missouri on the banks of the Mississippi River. When Sam was eleven his father died. Shortly thereafter, he left school having completed the fifth grade to work as a printer’s apprentice for a local newspaper. In 1859 he worked as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River until the American Civil War. He became a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise in Nevada and seeking a pen name used a riverboat phrase “twain” or two fathoms (12 feet). He traveled extensively and married Olivia Langdon in 1870 and they settled in Hartford, Connecticut. Much of Twain’s best work was written in the 1870’s and 1880’s in Hartford or at Quarry Farm near Elmira, New York. Mark Twain died in 1891.Some of his novels include: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Life on the Mississippi, The Prince and the Pauper. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer reflects many of his own boyhood experiences.

Biography

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri; his family moved to the port town of Hannibal four years later. His father, an unsuccessful farmer, died when Twain was eleven. Soon afterward the boy began working as an apprentice printer, and by age sixteen he was writing newspaper sketches. He left Hannibal at eighteen to work as an itinerant printer in New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. From 1857 to 1861 he worked on Mississippi steamboats, advancing from cub pilot to licensed pilot.

After river shipping was interrupted by the Civil War, Twain headed west with his brother Orion, who had been appointed secretary to the Nevada Territory. Settling in Carson City, he tried his luck at prospecting and wrote humorous pieces for a range of newspapers. Around this time he first began using the pseudonym Mark Twain, derived from a riverboat term. Relocating to San Francisco, he became a regular newspaper correspondent and a contributor to the literary magazine the Golden Era. He made a five-month journey to Hawaii in 1866 and the following year traveled to Europe to report on the first organized tourist cruise. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches (1867) consolidated his growing reputation as humorist and lecturer.

After his marriage to Livy Langdon, Twain settled first in Buffalo, New York, and then for two decades in Hartford, Connecticut. His European sketches were expanded into The Innocents Abroad (1869), followed by Roughing It (1872), an account of his Western adventures; both were enormously successful. Twain's literary triumphs were offset by often ill-advised business dealings (he sank thousands of dollars, for instance, in a failed attempt to develop a new kind of typesetting machine, and thousands more into his own ultimately unsuccessful publishing house) and unrestrained spending that left him in frequent financial difficulty, a pattern that was to persist throughout his life.

Following The Gilded Age (1873), written in collaboration with Charles Dudley Warner, Twain began a literary exploration of his childhood memories of the Mississippi, resulting in a trio of masterpieces --The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Life on the Mississippi (1883), and finally The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), on which he had been working for nearly a decade. Another vein, of historical romance, found expression in The Prince and the Pauper (1882), the satirical A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), and Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896), while he continued to draw on his travel experiences in A Tramp Abroad (1880) and Following the Equator (1897). His close associates in these years included William Dean Howells, Bret Harte, and George Washington Cable, as well as the dying Ulysses S. Grant, whom Twain encouraged to complete his memoirs, published by Twain's publishing company in 1885.

For most of the 1890s Twain lived in Europe, as his life took a darker turn with the death of his daughter Susy in 1896 and the worsening illness of his daughter Jean. The tone of Twain's writing also turned progressively more bitter. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894), a detective story hinging on the consequences of slavery, was followed by powerful anti-imperialist and anticolonial statements such as 'To the Person Sitting in Darkness' (1901), 'The War Prayer' (1905), and 'King Leopold's Soliloquy' (1905), and by the pessimistic sketches collected in the privately published What Is Man? (1906). The unfinished novel The Mysterious Stranger was perhaps the most uncompromisingly dark of all Twain's later works. In his last years, his financial troubles finally resolved, Twain settled near Redding, Connecticut, and died in his mansion, Stormfield, on April 21, 1910.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Samuel Langhorne Clemens (real name); Sieur Louis de Conte
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1835
    2. Place of Birth:
      Florida, Missouri
    1. Date of Death:
      April 21, 1910
    2. Place of Death:
      Redding, Connecticut

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"Tom! Tom!" Aunt Polly's call was loud. A little noise made her look in the corner. There he was behind the door, his face sticky with cake, all the way to his ears. As she started to hit him, Tom said, "My! look behind you, Aunt Polly." As she did, Tom ran out and jumped clean over the fence. Aunt Polly smiled to herself. "That boy! How many times he's tricked me. I'm not hard enough on him. But when I remember he has no mother, I just can't be." Out loud she said, "He'll play hooky from school today. I'll just have to make him work on Saturday." At supper, Aunt Polly questioned, "Tom, was it warm in school?" Yes, Aunt Polly." "Didn't you want to go swimming?" "Well - not much." Aunt Polly put her hand on his head. Tom went on, "Us boys put water on our hair." "Let me see your shirt where I sewed it on you." Tom showed her. "Well, OK. It's still sewed together at the neck. I thought for sure you had pulled out the thread to go swimming."
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