*PRINCE AND PAUPER PGRN2 (Penguin Readers, Level 2) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/1/22
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Edward, Prince of England, finds a poor boy who looks just like him and convinces him to switch places for a day so that he can experience life as a poor person, but they find it very hard to switch back again.
This is a rambling series of vignettes that seem to all take place in about a years span of Tom's childhood. He lives with his brother Syd, Cousin Amy and their Aunt Polly in a village along the Mississippi in the hey days of the riverboats and water transportation and the Pre Civil War era. Tom is intrepid and mischievous and he's a fun scamp to go along with. Many of his adventures are light and easily dealt with like talking a bunch of boys into getting him through his chore punishment, first crush, pretend games and late night outings, but there is a dangerous adventure that brings Tom and Huck to witness a murder and encounter some dangerous thieves.
I think I appreciated this more as an adult than I did as a kid. It's rather nostalgic and I can see why Twain would call it his Ode to Boyhood. Those days are long gone when boys- when kids played like this so it was a delight. Makes me want to instantly grab up The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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