Book Reviews of The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper
The Prince and the Pauper
Author: Mark Twain
PBS Market Price: $5.99 or $2.09+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780553212563
ISBN-10: 0553212567
Publication Date: 12/1/1983
Pages: 240
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Book Type: Paperback
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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.
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Excellent adapted version for young readers!
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Cute, funny, witty!
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In Mark Twain's classic historical novel, Tom Canty, a poor boy from the London slums, and Edward Tudor, Prince of Wales, unwittingly swap places. Because they bear an uncanny resemblance to each other, no one believes them when they announce who they really are. So their adventures begin ...

I recommend this book to just about anyone, especially historical-fiction fans. I read it for the 2006 author alphabet challenge. The novel is humorous, witty, adventurous and has a lot to say about the human folly of judging people by outward appearances. Plus, it's a classic that's actually a quick read!
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An age-appropriate version of the Mark Twain classic, easily read by 2nd or 3rd graders.
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Retold, with nice illustrations.
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Switching places of the prince to the life of a pauper and resulting tales.
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Complete and unabridged.
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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.
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.
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Timeless tales, brilliantly recolored and reprinted as lively study guides. Featuring essays on the author, background, theme, characters and significance of the work, by accomplished scholars and teachers with special interest in their texts, these editions make perfect study guides.
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As much as this book is a classic, it is very difficult to read. I read it in a group, which made it easier for discussion reasons, but I personally didn't like it. I would recommend reading it because it is so well known, by such a wonderful writer (Mark Twain), but this book wasn't an easy, good, or simple read.
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I was supposed to read this book in school many years ago and never finished it. Finally many years later I read the whole book. I realize that it is a classic but now I remember the difficulty had had once upon a time. Not the easiest book to read but worth it.