Impish, daring young Tom Sawyer is the bane of the old, the hero of the young. There were some in his dusty old Missippi town who believed he would be President, if he escaped a hanging. For wherever there is mischief or adventure, Tom is at the heart of it. During one hot summer, Tom witnesses a murder, runs away to be a pirate, attends his own funeral, rescues an innocent man from the gallows, searches for treasure in a haunted house, foils a devilish plot and discovers a box of gold. But can he escape his nemesis, the villainous Injun Joe?
Gr 3-5-Mark Twain's classic is reworked for young readers in this abridged version. The adaptation stays true to the original story's episodic quality, with each chapter detailing one of Tom's adventures.�However, Martin Woodside's retelling omits some episodes, including the famous scene where Tom attends his own funeral. Other details are also altered for a younger audience. Archaic words are replaced by language that is readily understandable.�Certain details are sterilized, such as changing Tom's interest in smoking to a fondness for chewing gum. As a result, this version doesn't capture the spirit of Twain's work. The complexities of Tom's character are abandoned in favor of producing a mediocre tale of boyhood high jinks. The narrator does a passable job, although the choice of a woman to read the book is questionable, and she makes Tom sound very young. Her soothing voice falls short in conveying action and excitement. Character voices are performed irregularly, and there is inconsistent pronunciation of some names.-Amy Holland, Hamlin Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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August 15, 1989
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