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Five Children and It (Puffin Classics)
Fun stories and lively characters
What I love about Nesbit's work is how fresh and vivid it is; how the lives and actions of the characters are immediately recognizable and human. Across nearly a century and vast distance of class and technology, these five children could be our own. Their curiosity, resolve, foolishness, excitement, fear, bickering, confusion, and happiness could be our own. Well, I love that ... and ...
The Swiss Family Robinson (Puffin Classics)
Johann D. Wyss
Great for Students
This is a timeless classic and I am using it with my class of gifted fourth graders. What's fun about it is not so much the writing, but the exploration of the science connections! Bright kids love thinking about all the plants and animals the Robinsons's encounter on the Island and they are able to visualize all the engineering details of the raft and treehouse construction. My class had a blast ...
King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table (Puffin Classics)
Roger Lancelyn Green
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
I use this text as one of the "novels" that I teach in my British Literature high school class. Although the reading level is listed as ages 9-12, it works well at this level because some of the vocabulary is antiquated (smote, damsel, scabbard, jerkin, etc.) It is a very good translation of Le Morte D'arthur, and Roger Lancelyn Green has done a tremendous job of condensing the volumes of ...
Oliver Twist (Puffin Classics)
This Edition is an Abridgement
I haven't read the unabridged edition, but I could still detect gaps in the convoluted plot. The reading level is more appropriate for high school students. This book is nearly 400 pages long, so you might as well go the distance and read the original.
Black Beauty (Puffin Classics)
"They Do Not Suffer Less Because They Have No Words..."
Animal books that are told from the creature's point of view (whether cat, dog, horse, or some other species entirely) are a dime a dozen these days, but "Black Beauty," was the first book of its kind to use this technique and is thus the forerunner to all animal stories that came after it. Most people are unaware that Anna Sewell broke new literary ground when she wrote "Black Beauty" in the ...
The Secret Garden (Puffin Classics)
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Still a favourite
I re-read this book after many years and it's still a favourite, no matter how old I am. It's an uplifting story with a happy ending and, despite being a 'childrens' book', provides some interesting insight into human nature. If you love nature, gardens and British stories, you'll very much enjoy this story. For those of you in America, if the only version you know of this story is the ...
The Adventures of Robin Hood (Puffin Classics)
Roger Lancelyn Green
This is the classic story of social justice and outrageous cunning. Robin Hood, champion of the poor and oppressed, stands against the cruel power of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. Taking refuge in the vast Sherwood Forest with his band of men, he remains determined to outwit his enemies. This title is brilliantly introduced by bestselling author John Boyne.
Kidnapped (Puffin Classics)
Robert Louis Stevenson
Kidnapped is for adults
I also read this as a kid and didn't like it. I then, as an adult, happened to buy the audio book (unabridged). After listening to it all the way through, I listened to it all the way through a second time. It's really for adults, not for kids. It's a wonderful story.
The Odyssey (Puffin Classics)
The Odyssey review
this book was for a 11year old girl who was doing a school summer project. She loved the book, the simplicity of the story and had her project completed in two days
Murder with Puffins (Meg Langslow Mysteries)
St. Martin's Paperbacks
Meg and Michael slip away for a quiet romantic weekend
After the hectic summer of weddings and murder (MURDER WITH PEACOCKS) that drew Meg Langslow and Michael together the two have become quite an item, spending as much time together as they possibly can. Unfortunately their time together seems to be also spent in the company of others, many others, mostly Meg's large and eccentric family. When considering their options for finding some alone time ...
Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales (Puffin Classics)
Hans Christian Andersen
Fairy Tales for All Ages
This is an extremely readable selection of 26, out of about 156, of Hans Andersen tales. As the brief but very fine and helpful introduction by Naomi Lewis points out, these tales are perhaps more for adults than children, as Andersen himself wanted them to be. Most of them have a darker side. I also believe that the eminent literary critic, Harold Bloom, includes Andersen in his select list ...
Puffins Climb, Penguins Rhyme
Outstanding photography and facts about penguins and puffins
This is one of the best factual books about animals I have seen for young children. The photographs are outstanding, and the rhyme scheme is perfect for the youngest child. However, there is enough new and interesting information to intrigue older children -- and even the adult who gets to read it over and over again! If you thought you knew the differences between puffins and penguins, you ...
Anne of Green Gables (Puffin Classics)
Review of the volume, not the story
"Anne of Green Gables" is one of my favourite books ever. I've worn out two paperback editions of it re-reading it. This is NOT a review of the story, which is still as wonderful as ever. This is a review of the Puffin edition, which is shoddy. Since we all know not to judge a book by its cover, I shan't go into the hideous cover art, that looks like it was drawn by a third grader. In ...
The Tale of Troy: Retold from the Ancient Authors (Puffin Classics)
Roger Lancelyn Green
An excellent intro to Homer and the Trojan War
This small book is an excellent introduction to the Trojan War stories and to Homer, in particular. It provides a complete survey of all of the Trojan War stories, from the judgement of Paris to the homecoming of Odysseus. If you haven't read The Iliad yet but are planning on doing so, then I recommend you read this book first. It will provide you with all of the necessary context for the ...
The Wizard of Oz (Puffin Classics)
L. Frank Baum
Beautifully Illustrated Heirloom Edition of The Wizard of Oz
Here's a trivia question for you. When Dorothy killed the Wicked Witch of the West by dropping her house on the witch, was the witch wearing (a) ruby slippers? (b) silver shoes? (c) both? If you answered "both," you have the correct answer. L. Frank Baum's original story (found in this book) has magical silver shoes in it. The movie version of the story, starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, ...
The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Puffin Classics)
Arthur Conan Conan Doyle
Through the foggy streets of Victorian London to the deepest countryside, Sherlock Holmes uses his unique powers of deduction in eight thrilling investigations, including the mysteries of "The Speckled Band" and "The Reigate Puzzle". It comes with a captivating introduction by award-winning Jonathan Stroud.
The Mysterious Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Puffin Classics)
Arthur Conan Conan Doyle
This book includes further adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.
What Katy Did (Puffin Classics)
Gangly, quick-tempered Katy always means to be beautiful, beloved, and as good as an angel one day, but somehow her resolutions get forgotten or go horribly wrong. When an accidental fall from a swing seems to threaten her hopes for the future, Katy struggles to overcome her difficulties with the vitality and good humor she admires in her cousin Helen.
The Call of the Wild (Puffin Classics)
Buck realizes his potential
Gold was found in Alaska, the rush to obtain it required a strong constitution and many dogs to do the work that horses usually did in the states. The environment bread harsh attitudes. Also in the testing of ones mettle one finds their true potential. Buck (a dog that is half St Bernard and half Shepherd) goes through many lives, trials, and tribulations finally realizing his potential. On ...
A Christmas Carol (Puffin Classics)
On Christmas Eve, Scrooge sits in his house with not a kind word for anyone; he just wants to be left alone until the ?humbug? of Christmas is over. But four ghostly visitors?his former business partner, followed by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come?show him the error of his ways, and by the time Christmas Day dawns, Scrooge is a changed person.
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