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The Prince and the Pauper
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A television adaptation starring Keith Michell, John Bowe, Philip Savon and Richenda Carey, is due to be screened autumn 1996.

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Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910). He was born in Missouri, USA. He travelled around America, seeking fame and fortune before becoming a successful journalist and travel writer. In 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, inspired by his own childhood, was published, followed eight years later by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

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Gr 4-7-Mark Twain's 1881 classic story of a poor boy, Tom Canty, who bears a remarkable resemblance to Edward Tudor, the young Prince of Wales, is retold in this abridged audio rendition. The action begins when Tom and the prince discover each other one day and decide to exchange clothes and identities for a brief time. Each learns something about the other's very different station in life. This full-cast dramatization is an adaptation of Twain's original work and is presented by the St. Charles Players in a Radio Theatre style. The engaging narrator does an excellent job. The production also features sound effects and background music that reinforce the historical atmosphere. Although the action includes the major events of the book, this version can't be used as a read-along or a substitute for older students, but rather as an introduction to the story for younger audiences. Parents and teachers looking to introduce classic stories to elementary school students will find this work appealing, and public and elementary school libraries looking to enhance their audiobook collection will not be disappointed.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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.

"Twain was . . . enough of a genius to build his morality into his books, with humor and wit and--in the case of The Prince and the Pauper--wonderful plotting." --E. L. Doctorow

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