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Oliver Twist (Usborne Young Reading) [Hardcover]

Mary Sebag-Montefiore , Barry Ablett
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27 Oct 2006 Usborne Young Reading
Oliver grows up in an orphanage, and when he dares to ask for more is cast out into a world of colourful characters in which he will have to keep his wits about him and pick a pocket or two to survive. A retelling of the classic Charles Dickens story for children growing in their reading confidence and ability. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (27 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746077076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746077078
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Mary Sebag- Montefiore's retellings...are perhaps the best - well-written and dramatic' - The Telegraph; 'This classic is retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read' - The Booktrust

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.' 17 Dec 2007
This is a 'series three' book, in the 'Usborne Young Reading' scheme - for readers who are ready for longer stories.

'Orphaned Oliver lives in a cold, grim workhouse, until the day he dares to ask for more. Escaping to London, Oliver finds new friends and thinks he has a home at last.
But his troubles are only just beginning.....'

64 high quality shiny pages, split over chapters:

1. Nobody's baby
2. More means less
3. Running away
4. New friends
5. Betrayed
6. A robbery
7. The secret of the locket

finishing with a one-page summary of Charles Dickens.

Clear, easy to read text with super colour illustrations throughout.

The opening text:

The young mother's whisper was as soft as the swirling snow outside; her face was as white as the sheet that covered her. Feebly she touched her newborn son, breathed a last sigh, and closed her eyes......'
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
In Class 3, we really enjoyed reading Oliver Twist in our literacy lessons.
Mr Brownlow is our favourite character because he is a forgiving man. We think it was really kind of him to give Oliver another chance.
The last part of the book is our favourite part because it is very dramatic and exciting.
We think this would be a good book for any child to read, but especially for 7-8 year olds to read either on their own or with a grown up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back for extra helpings 15 Jan 2012
The Usborne Young Reading series offers a marvellous gateway into the classics for children too young to cope with the full texts. "Oliver Twist" is a perfect example of the clever abridging and editing that the series employs in reducing a long, wordy novel to its essentials without losing the tension or characters that made the books classics in the first place.

My daughter (aged 5) was given this book for Christmas because of her love of the musical "Oliver!" and, because she was already familiar with the plot, it has made an excellent bedtime story for her and one that she has requested again and again. It does take a few sittings for me to read it to her from cover to cover, however, as she insists on inserting the songs from the musical at the appropriate intervals.

For a child coming to the story cold, 5 may be a little young for this particular story but it would certainly appeal as a tale to 7 year olds and the more proficient at reading could enjoy reading it in this version for themselves. The illustrations are attractive and detailed and the book is careful in its portrayal of the more violent or distressing scenes of the original - Fagin's fate, in particular, is not included and Nancy's is sensitively amended. A great introduction to Dickens for children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner 4 July 2012
My 5 year old chose this, and despite being very reticent (Bill Sykes exit being rather grim) I went with it, and am I glad I did? You bet! Dickens' story has been brilliantly adapted for a young audience and it rattles along with poor old Oliver going from bad to good to worse to terrible to - hooray! a very happy end. We have had great conversations about the cruel Mr Bumble, greedy Fagin, and vicious Sykes. Great characters that really capture the imagination. We have hoovered up all the other classic adaptations that Usbourne has to offer now I love reading them to her. Such great stories - this being our favourite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 2 April 2013
By LaSal
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This is a really useful, simple to read text with wonderful illustrations. Used with 10-11 year olds but it is also suitable for younger children
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resoucrce for young children 4 Feb 2013
By Julie
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I bought this as a teacher for my primary class. It is perfect for a precis of the original classic. I also bought the one by Gill Taverner but this had important parts of the story missing. This is much better and you can work with it and one of the many films. Well illustarted too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 6 Feb 2014
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Lovely layout and graphics. Enjoyed by pupils in my class. This shortened version was ideal for the children in my class.
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