Emma Woodhouse is clever, beautiful and rich, and loves matchmaking between her friends and neighbours in the village of Highbury. Unfortunately, she seems to create more heartache than happiness, and never thinks about her own chances of love. "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 ...
Emma Woodhouse is clever, beautiful and rich, and loves matchmaking between her friends and neighbours in the village of Highbury. Unfortunately, she seems to create more heartache than happiness, and never thinks about her own chances of love. "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.
The edition I got was blue leather and in beautiful shape. The pages were slightly yellowed but the book was so inexpensive that the shipping actually cost more than the book. It is a classic and it arrived early.
Mar 9, 2009
This is Pride and Prejudice's match (a hair less perfect but with its own delights), one with as entertaining a cast of characters, a heroine and hero with whom one is fully engaged, a fun and never too serious plot.
I recall that Jane Austen wrote something about Emma being a heroine that no one else would like. I always found Emma easy to like - for someone spoiled by too much admiration, she's very generous and well-intentioned.
And Mr. Knightly may be Austen's finest hero.
Nov 18, 2008
Emma is a great book. Like someone stated earlier keeping up with characters is a major detail and possibly having a notepad writing down who is who and what they do wouldn't be such a bad idea. Emma is just a hopeless romantic wanting to help everyone else but never herself. I really enjoyed this book.
Oct 9, 2008
After many attempts at reading Pride and Prejudice and never finishing, I have finally read one of Austen's novels. I recently saw the movie version of the Jane Austen Book Club and got caught up in these characters love for Austen. She is so popular and yet as much as I love reading was never able to get through her most popular work. So I decided to follow the sequence they used in the movie and ordered all 6 novels. Well, I just got through reading Emma and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this. Although not much really happens in the novel, the characters are so alive and you get so caught up in their lives that it was difficult to put the book down. Another thing I found very rewarding is how at the end of the novel there are no loose ends. I can't wait to go on the Sense and Sensibility next!!
Feb 25, 2008
GREAT book. I was confused by some characters at first because some have more than one name. For example, Miss Taylor is also called Mrs. Weston. It is worth the effort it may take to sort out character connections.
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