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Initial post: 2 Dec 2012 21:39:05 GMT
Emma Zon says:
Hi!
My daughter became a huge fan of Three Musketeers a couple of years ago, after watching one of good films based on the book. Now she pleads (she really does!) to get her the book for Christmas. Really!
The thing is she is 8 years old... I do want to get it for her - it was MY 1st big book to read when I was 9, and my father's short advice at the time was: "Just skip pages you don't understand".
The problem for me now is to find an edition, that is reasonably ubridged, does have good illustrations (black and white will do too) and some help on understanding vocabulary and histoical moments. Gosh! Amazon search and "look inside" is not helpfull I feel. Can and would this forum please give me some recomendations?!

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 21:51:46 GMT
Anita says:
In my very honest opinion any abridged version of Three Musketeers is a total travesty. Something that should never ever be done.

If you think your daughter is too young to read it in full, just wait. It's not a kids' book. It's one of my favourite books, by the way. But if you can't have it in full, better leave it alone. Or else buy yourself a couple of buttons when you need a coat, sorry.

(Perhaps I should add that I read it myself young enough and that I have children, so it's not just blabber)

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 22:02:24 GMT
Emma Zon says:
I would not ask if I was confident that I want to wait. May be I do. I too do not think much on authors adding their names to classical authors, but sometimes they do an honest, well thought through job.
Also by accident we have got Ladybird's version of Alice in wonderland, which didn't stop (or may be even helped - I can not say) to read it now in full.

I was just asking if there are people who have come across a good abridged version.

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 16:54:48 GMT
S Riaz says:
The Three Musketeers: Illustrated Young Readers' Edition (Illustrated Young Readers Edit)
This is a good version for children Emma. It is quite long, but if your daughter is keen she should manage it fine. Also, it is certainly not a Ladybird version, shortened out of all but the basic plot, and it does have illustrations.
I am not keen on abridged books either, but they can be done well and I think it is great that you are keen to buy your daughter something suitable and encourage her reading. I had a similar problem as my 5 year old daughter loves Oliver Twist and wanted to read the book. Now, she has a pretty good reading age, but Dickens would be a stretch(!), so I didn't feel there was anything wrong in getting a good, abridged version for her. She can always read the adult version when she is older.

Posted on 3 Dec 2012 16:57:37 GMT
S Riaz says:
By the way, I know that the review for the book is not great, but it is about 350 pages and so treads the fine line between adult/older children. It keeps the essence of the language and plot and you can always look inside and see what you feel when you have read the first page.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2012 23:08:59 GMT
Emma Zon says:
Yes, thank you S Riaz! I was thinking about this particular book too, - another plus is the illustrator, I like his D'Artanian.
I should walk into a real life book store and try to find this version to look through.
Have you actually read it?

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 05:41:15 GMT
S Riaz says:
My son has read it - he is nine and did not struggle with the language. He got it from the library though, so I don't have the edition to hand, but I know he enjoyed it. The book page on Amazon has a 'look inside' feature, so you should be able to get a feel for how it is written from there.
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