A young boy, Jim Hawkins, lives quietly by the sea with his mother and father until Billy Bones comes to live with them. From that day on, everything ...Show synopsisA young boy, Jim Hawkins, lives quietly by the sea with his mother and father until Billy Bones comes to live with them. From that day on, everything is different and Jim soon meets Long John Silver and travels with him in search of Treasure Island. "Penguin Readers" is a series of simplified novels, film novelizations and original titles that introduce students at all levels to the pleasures of reading in English. Originally designed for teaching English as a foreign language, the series' combination of high interest level and low reading age makes it suitable for both English-speaking teenagers with limited reading skills and students of English as a second language. Many titles in the series also provide access to the pre-20th century literature strands of the National Curriculum English Orders. "Penguin Readers" are graded at seven levels of difficulty, from "Easystarts" with a 200-word vocabulary, to Level 6 (Advanced) with a 3000-word vocabulary. In addition, titles fall into one of three sub-categories: "Contemporary", "Classics" or "Originals". At the end of each book there is a section of enjoyable exercises focusing on vocabulary building, comprehension, discussion and writing. Some titles in the series are available with an accompanying audio cassette, or in a book and cassette pack. Additionally, selected titles have free accompanying "Penguin Readers Factsheets" which provide stimulating exercise material for students, as well as suggestions for teachers on how to exploit the Readers in class.Hide synopsis
Treasure Island (Penguin Books) – Trade paperback (1999)
Robert Louis Stevenson, John D Seelye (Editor)
Trade paperback, Penguin Books 1999
ISBN: 0140437681 ISBN-13: 9780140437683
The quintessential adventure story that first established pirates in the popular imagination, Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" is edited with an introduction by John Seelye in "Penguin Classics". When a mysterious sailor dies in sinister circumstances at the Admiral Benbow inn, young Jim Hawkins stumbles across a treasure map among the dead man's possessions. But Jim soon becomes only too aware that he is not the only one who knows of the map's existence, and his bravery and cunning are tested to the full when, ...Show moreThe quintessential adventure story that first established pirates in the popular imagination, Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" is edited with an introduction by John Seelye in "Penguin Classics". When a mysterious sailor dies in sinister circumstances at the Admiral Benbow inn, young Jim Hawkins stumbles across a treasure map among the dead man's possessions. But Jim soon becomes only too aware that he is not the only one who knows of the map's existence, and his bravery and cunning are tested to the full when, with his friends Squire Trelawney and Dr Livesey, he sets sail in the Hispaniola to track down the treasure. With its swift-moving plot and memorably drawn characters - Blind Pew and Black Dog, the castaway Ben Gunn and the charming but dangerous Long John Silver - Stevenson's tale of pirates, treachery and heroism was an immediate success when it was first published in 1883 and has retained its place as one of the greatest of all adventure stories. In his introduction John Seelye examines Stevenson's life and influences and the novel's place within adventure fiction. This edition also includes Stevenson's essay on the composition of "Treasure Island". Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was born in Edinburgh, the son of a prosperous civil engineer. Although he began his career as an essayist and travel writer, the success of "Treasure Island" (1883) and "Kidnapped" (1886) established his reputation as a writer of tales of action and adventure. Stevenson's Calvinist upbringing lent him a preoccupation with predestination and a fascination with the presence of evil, themes he explored in "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (1886), and "The Master of Ballantrae" (1893). If you enjoyed "Treasure Island", you might like Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe", also available in "Penguin Classics".Hide
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This was my first look at a Treasure Island illustrated by Mervyn Peake (Everyman's Children's Classics), and though I gave this as a gift I would purchase another for myself. High quality edition in every respect, with evocative illustrations. For reading to a child, a larger print / larger size edition might be better, and a child might prefer the N.C. Wyeth iillustrations, which are also masterful.
Young lad, Jim Hawkins, narrates this tale of high seas adventure, talk of mutiny, buried treasure and pirates. A great timeless classic. And that fearsome pirate, Long John Silver, as sinister and troublesome as ever.
I introduced my sons to Stevenson when they were merely boys. A Child's Garden of verses, Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde and Kidnapped.... An exceptional and creative writer.
A very nice edition to any home library...
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