Great Expectations (Classic Starts Series)

Great Expectations (Classic Starts Series)

Hardcover(Modern Retelling)

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When young Pip accidentally meets a convict out in the marsh one Christmas Eve, he has no idea that his life is about to change—forever.   The amazing events following that encounter, and the strange tale of Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella, have made Great Expectations a must-read since it was first serialized in 1860. Now, young readers can enjoy Dickens’s engrossing story in this simplified yet thrilling version.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402766459
Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Publication date: 02/02/2010
Series: Classic Starts® Series
Edition description: Modern Retelling
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 62,169
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is probably the greatest novelist England has ever produced, the author of such well-known classics as A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, David Copperfield and Oliver Twist. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life — along with his indelible characters — have made his books beloved by readers the world over.

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1812

Date of Death:

June 18, 1870

Place of Birth:

Portsmouth, England

Place of Death:

Gad's Hill, Kent, England


Home-schooling; attended Dame School at Chatham briefly and Wellington

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Great Expectations (Classic Starts Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This really good book you should read it!!
jenniferbogart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are two widely divergent schools of thought amongst home educators regarding the classics. You should only ever read them to (or have your children read) the unabridged, original versions. Another school of thought states that if you wish to have a great books education for your children, it is helpful to read them (or have them read) high quality abridgements and retellings of the original works during the grammar years.Though I have in the past steadfastly held to the first position, after reading Great Expectations (Classic Starts) ¿ a child-friendly retelling of Dickens¿ classic story for readers from 9 ¿ 12, I have to say that I can see how children¿s versions can be a useful tool. Children can read and easily understand the simplified style while picking up on the major characters, themes, setting, and plot, while not becoming bogged down in the original work. Then when they revisit it, they will gain all the more from the original. The creamy pages, larger font size, and generous line spacing also combine to make this handsome hardcover edition a great choice for young readers.Actually (and this might sound sacrilegious to Dickens¿ fans), I think I enjoyed the abridgement more than the original. I have always found Great Expectations to be a strange, disturbing sort of story, but when I read this to my daughter she was SO interested ¿ even though she was only seven at the time. She was so excited to find out what would happen to Pip during his adventures through life. I still think the story is a bit odd (sorry Dickens¿ ¿ maybe I¿m just not enough of a ¿Great Books¿ gal) but this rendition is a great starter book to pick up the main points before digging into the real deal.So, what is Great Expectations about anyway? Doesn¿t a book review normally include some verbiage about the story itself? Let me take a crack at it for you. Young Pip is an orphan living with relatives in Victorian England when he encounters an escaped criminal who he aids (somewhat reluctantly) to flee from justice. Soon after this nightmarish experience, he is drawn into a strange friendship with an old woman and her proud young relation ¿ Estella. As he matures, a mysterious benefactor funds his education so that he can become a proper gentleman. This is an incredibly simplified synopsis, but that gives you a tiny taste of what this well-known story is about.This is also a very affordable book ¿ only $5.95 for a hardcover. Pretty nice if you ask me!Reviewed at
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had never read the original book. However, I did see the movie after it was made. Why? Because several scenes were shot at my favorite museum here in Florida. They used John and Mable Ringlings house C a d' zan as part of the setting I was immediately enthralled with the story. The fact that my first reading of it was through Classic Starts makes me realize how much I missed and how much my students will enjoy it. I liked Pip very much. He was a dreamer and wanted more for himself in a time when people were put into classes and usually didn't get out of their class. He was a commoner, yet he was brought up very respectable. Another great story to put on my shelves.
thebookman99 More than 1 year ago
i think this is the best book of last century and this is a best seller in my book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah, except i think a high school rp would be fun, but not a regular school. Like maybe a school for artsy talented kids and it has classes like hanggliding and parasailing and stuff like that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"You're right..." Aiisha mused. "We could go for it the first time, but then they would have to get better or you'll be ignored."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That would work.
jlOR More than 1 year ago
We read A Christmas Carol unabridged, but Great Expectations was too much of a challenge for my third and sixth graders. So we opted for this as our read aloud while studying this time in history and Charles Dickens.
Dylan Hodges More than 1 year ago