Classic Starts: Robinson Crusoe (Classic Starts Series)

Classic Starts: Robinson Crusoe (Classic Starts Series)

A shipwreck. A sole survivor, stranded on a deserted island. What could be more appealing to children than Robinson Crusoe’s amazing adventure? Set in the 17th century, and unfolding over a 30-year period, it offers plenty of suspense and everyday detail about how Crusoe manages to stay alive. Additionally, it paints a fascinating portrait of the age—including references to slavery and Europe’s view of the “New World.”  

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Classic Starts®: The Odyssey (Classic Starts® Series)

Classic Starts®: The Odyssey (Classic Starts® Series)

Homer's epic tale of the warrior Odysseus's decades-long struggle to return home after the Trojan War is simply and beautifully retold, with all the drama intact. Young readers will thrill at Odysseus's adventures with the man-eating Cyclops; the enchantress Circe, who turns his crew into pigs; and the angry sea god Poseidon.

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Classic Starts®: Little Women (Classic Starts® Series)

Classic Starts®: Little Women (Classic Starts® Series)

Following Sterling's spectacularly successful launch of its children's classic novels (240,000 books in print to date),comes a dazzling new series: Classic Starts. The stories are abridged; the quality is complete. Classic Starts treats the world's beloved tales (and children) with the respect they deserve--all at an incomparable price.

Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, set during the Civil War, has always captivated even the most reluctant readers. Little girls, especially, love following the adventures of the four March sisters--Meg, Beth, Amy, and most of all, the tomboy Jo--as they experience the joys and disappointments, tragedies and triumphs, of growing up. This simpler version captures all the charm and warmth of the original.

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Classic Starts®: Treasure Island (Classic Starts® Series)

Classic Starts®: Treasure Island (Classic Starts® Series)

Every child deserves an appealing introduction to the classics, with age-appropriate text and beautiful art throughout. That’s exactly what this Classic Starts™ provides. Welcome to the world of TREASURE ISLAND!

The stories are abridged; the quality is complete. Classic Starts treats the world's beloved tales (and children) with the respect they deserve—all at an incomparable price.

Pirates, buried treasure, and action aplenty—that's what's served up in this fine story, mates, and kids will eat it up. After Jim Hawkins finds the map to a mysterious treasure, he sets sail in search of the fortune. Little does he realize he's boarded a pirate ship, and that surprises and danger await him . . . including a meeting with the unforgettable Long John Silver.

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Classic Starts®: Peter Pan (Classic Starts® Series)

Classic Starts®: Peter Pan (Classic Starts® Series)

“All children grow up. All except one.” That special child is Peter Pan, and since making his debut on the stage in 1904, this eternal youth has carried boys and girls off to magical, marvelous Neverland. It’s a trip that all kids want to make, and with this easy-to-read version of the classic, everyone can fly “second to the right, and straight on till morning” with Peter. Along with Wendy, John, and Michael Darling, they’ll meet the fairy Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, and the menacing Captain Hook.

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Classic Starts®: The Iliad (Classic Starts® Series)

Classic Starts®: The Iliad (Classic Starts® Series)

This high interest/low vocabulary retelling of The Iliad introduces young readers to Homer's thrilling epic tale. Set during the siege of Troy, and complete with duels, battles, larger-than-life characters like Achilles, and the famed Greek gods, The Iliad is truly the ultimate adventure story.

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Classic Starts®: Roman Myths (Classic Starts® Series)

Classic Starts®: Roman Myths (Classic Starts® Series)

Several of the best-loved Roman myths are gathered in this one beautiful abridged collection, from “Romulus and Remus” (which tells how Rome came to be) to “Cupid and Psyche,” “Oedipus and the Sphinx,” and more. For easy reference, there's also a detailed list and family tree of all the important gods and goddesses right at the start.

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Classic Starts®: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (Classic Starts® Series)

Classic Starts®: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle (Classic Starts® Series)

Doctor Dolittle is a very special vet—because he knows how to talk to the animals!  So when he hears that there’s a terrible sickness hurting all the monkeys in Africa, the good doctor knows he must go and help them. Soon he’s off on an exciting adventure across the seas in this superb retelling of Hugh Lofting’s beloved classic.

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Classic Starts®: The Last of the Mohicans (Classic Starts® Series)

Classic Starts®: The Last of the Mohicans (Classic Starts® Series)

A fascinating adventure story, grounded in American history. As the French and Indian war rages, the two daughters of a British officer prepare to return home. But when, Cora, Alice, and the soldiers who guard them are betrayed by their Native American scout, their safety depends on wily forest tracker Hawkeye and his friends Chingachkook and Uncas—the last of the Mohicans.

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