Mark Twain spun a mighty good yarn about two boys who look so very much alike that it was difficult to tell them apart. One was a prince who lived a life of luxury. The other was a boy who spent his life just trying to survive. When the two meet, they change clothes. As the reader might guess, neither boy can escape from the new identity he finds himself living.
The author does a remarkable job of portraying the boys' feelings and reactions in their new roles. Of course, the prince believes that his counterpart really wants to live a life of luxury. However, that boy finds himself often confused as to what he is expected to do and wishes to go back to his own life. I quite enjoyed this read and think that many others will like it as well.
Great early chapter books for independant readers. Recommended for age 12 and up, but my kids read these more like 4-5th grade.
When young Edward VI of England and a poor boy who resembles him exchange places, each learns something about the other's very different station in life.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
Set in sixteenth-century England, Mark Twain's classic "tale for young people of all ages" features two identical-looking boys - a prince and a pauper - who trade clothes and step into each other's lives. While the urchin, Tom Canty, discovers luxury and power, Prince Edward, dressed in rags, roams his kingdom and experiences the cruelties inflicted on the poor by the Tudor monarchy.
Two young look-alikes in 16th-century England decide to trade clothes and roles, a situation that drastically alters the lives of both. This timeless tale of transposed identities remains one of Twains best-loved novels.