Jane Eyre: Essential Classics
Pauline Francis Shee
Evans, 2014 (2014)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
implfied for young readers, the
series is intended for readers about ten years of age and up. These books feature limited color illustrations and short chapters. As with the other novels in the series, this retelling of
is pretty much cut down to a bare bones presentation.
he reader will get an idea of the basic plot and central characters but that's about all. Obviously there will be no sense of Charlotte Bronte's narrative style nor of the rich descriptions of the novel's setting.
rankly, about all this short edition will accomplish is to offer an overview of the famous novel. There is a bit about the author at the outset, plus a glossary and content self-test at the end, but this is no substitute for reading the original.
ince I spent forty years teaching literature, I would not use a book like this with a youngster. The reader will get no sense of the actual work itself and I would hate to have the child read this and then judge the author/novel based on this watered-down version. Wait until the youngster is ready and then read the original!
ther titles in this series include
A Christmas Carol
Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Secret Garden
The Lost World
. Unfortunately, I'm sure there are more on the way too!
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