The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

by Jane E. Gerver

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Overview

Tom Canty has always wanted to be rich, until he meets the Prince of Wales - and they switch places! Tom quickly finds out that being rich and powerful isn't nearly as fun as he'd hoped. Now he wants his old life back, but the real prince has disappeared! This timeless classic by Mark Twain makes another excellent addition to the Step into Classics line.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307800206
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/30/2011
Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Jane E. Gerver is the author and illustrator of numerous books for young readers. She’s also adapted several classics, such as Jane Eyre and The Prince and the Pauper, to help introduce children to literature.

Read an Excerpt

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. As Christopher Paul Curtis observes in his Introduction, The Prince and the Pauper is “funny, adventurous, and exciting, yet also chock-full of . . . exquisitely reasoned harangues against society’s ills.”
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the Mark Twain Project edition, which is the approved text of the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association.

Author Biography: Christopher Paul Curtis, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award, is the author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 and Bud, Not Buddy. He is currently at work on a novel entitled Bucking the Sarge.

Table of Contents

I.The Birth of The Prince and the Pauper23
II.Toms Early Life27
III.Tom's Meeting with the Prince37
IV.The Prince's Troubles begin49
V.Tom as a Patrician57
VI.Tom receives Instructions73
VII.Tom's First Royal Dinner89
VIII.The Question of the Seal97
IX.The River Pageant103
X.The Prince in the Toils109
XI.At Guildhall123
XII.The Prince and His Deliverer133
XIII.The Disappearence of the Prince151
XIV."Le R oi est mort--Vive le R oi"161
XV.Tom as King179
XVI.The State Dinner195
XVII.Foo-Foo the First203
XVIII.The Prince with the Tramps223
XIX.The Prince with the Peasants237
XX.The Prince and the Hermit247
XXI.Hendon to the Rescue259
XXII.A Victim of Treachery269
XXIII.The Prince a Prisoner281
XXIV.The Escape289
XXV.Hendon Hall295
XXVI.Disowned309
XXVII.In Prison317
XXVIII.The Sacrifice333
XXIX.To London341
XXX.Tom's Progress347
XXXI.The Recognition Procession353
XXXII.Coronation Day365
XXXIII.Edward as King385
Conclusion: Justice and Retribution399
Notes405

Reading Group Guide

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. As Christopher Paul Curtis observes in his Introduction, The Prince and the Pauper is “funny, adventurous, and exciting, yet also chock-full of . . . exquisitely reasoned harangues against society’s ills.”

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the Mark Twain Project edition, which is the approved text of the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association.

1. The Prince and the Pauper is set in sixteenth-century Tudor England during the reign of Henry VIII. This time was marked by a great social and economic disparity between the rich and the poor. How does Twain tackle this issue in the novel? What did you learn from this time period about democracy and monarchy?

2. Some might say Miles Hendon acts as the "hero" in this novel. What heroic qualities does he possess? Is he lacking any that prevent him from being a true hero?

3. What are some of the similarities between Tom's and Edward's lives? What makes the other's life more appealing to Tom and Edward, respectively? How do they grow through their experiences?

4. In the novel, children believe that Edward is the king while the adults do not. Are there other examples where children have greater knowledge than adults? ConsiderTwain's implications here.

5. The Prince and the Pauper has been compared in style to works of Dickens. What aspect of the novel stands out to you most?

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Prince and the Pauper 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DrT on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain Why I picked this book up: I wanted to read this classic and I hadn¿t read it before. It was a fun start from the beginning in my opinion. I was totally into this book!Why I finished this book: I finished it because there was so much to this book, kids were stuck, they thought Tom whom they thought was the prince was crazy but would not call him out of reverence and all that but it really was much more about, merciful leadership than a fanciful tale with a moral lesson that I really appreciated. The real prince learned the importance of balancing strength and grace, not just blind power.Rating: I¿d give this book a 4.25 star rating out of 5 stars. I really liked this book it was fun and now I¿m waiting for my oldest to read it. He¿s been flying through huge books (about one a day) for weeks already. It¿s fun to see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really touches on important topics, but in a very discreet way. It shows the importance of honesty, perserverance, and loyalty in a beautifully written tale. Mark Twain captures the essence of sixteenth century England, and what life was like, not only for the poor of the time, but the royalty as well. Both of the main characters, Prince Edward and young Tom Canty learn valuable lessons in life. Tom learns the hardships of being a king and learns to greater appreciate his simple life while doing much to improve the quality of life for England's poor. Through Edward's many trial in trying to reclaim his throne he meets many people and sees many hardships that make him a far wiser King and ruler.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Defiently a MUST read if you like Medival stuff.