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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an adaptation of the timeless novel by Mark Twain. Part of the Ladder Series, this volume has approximately two thousand headwords and is appropriate for intermediate to advanced learners. This tale of Huckleberry Finn and his adventures on the Mississippi River is a well-loved piece of American literature. Considered a classic, this book’s story is one of friendship, loyalty, and difficult choices.
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an adaptation of a Mark Twain classic. Part of the Ladder Series, at one thousand headwords, this title is appropriate for low-intermediate to intermediate learners. Considered one of the great American novels, this book is about the mischievous hero Tom Sawyer and his adventures with family and friends in the American South, circa the late 1800s. Tom is an iconic figure in American literature and one that students and teachers alike will enjoy.
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The Autobiography of Mark Twain is an adaptation of Twain’s autobiography. Part of the Ladder Series, this title has approximately three thousand headwords and is appropriate for upper intermediate to advanced learners. Twain, who lived in the United States in the nineteenth century, is the author of such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which are also available from the Office of English Language Programs. In this volume, Twain recounts colorful anecdotes from his long life.
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Celebrate! Holidays in the U.S.A. is an introductory cultural text about American holidays and the ways in which they are commemorated. A longtime favorite among foreign audiences, this volume has been fully updated and re-released in a richly illustrated second edition. Each chapter includes historical background notes and a glossary of key terms. This text is suggested for intermediate to advanced English learners.
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Design for Drama features a number of plays that are adapted from well-known American short stories and poems. The stories represented are “The Marriages” by Henry James, “The Furnished Room” by O. Henry, “The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving, “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe, “A Horseman in the Sky” by Ambrose Bierce, and “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Design for Drama is recommended for high-intermediate and advanced learners of English.
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Edgar Allan Poe: Storyteller contains seven popular Poe stories: “The Mask of the Red Death,” “The Story of William Wilson,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Black Cat,” “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” The stories, slightly adapted, are introduced by a section on Poe’s life and work. Drawings, photographs, glossary notes, and exercises are included in each unit. This text is suitable for high-intermediate and advanced learners of English.
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The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories is a collection of fifteen popular stories by O. Henry, adapted for English language learners. This volume contains approximately one thousand headwords and is appropriate for lower- to upper-intermediate level students. In addition to “The Gift of the Magi,” other popular stories such as “The Last Leaf” and “The Furnished Room” are included, many of which contain the surprise endings for which O. Henry is famous.
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In the Loop is a reference guide to American English idioms. It will not only help students learn the meaning of American idioms, but also give them an understanding of the history, culture, values, and beliefs these idioms reflect. In addition to the idioms themselves, the book contains lists of idioms by theme, some ready-to-use classroom activities, and an index that identifies the original listing and any cross-references to the idiom.
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Raggedy Ann Stories, abridged and adapted from the original, contains 13 short stories about the classic rag doll and her friends. The text is accompanied by the original illustrations, a picture glossary, and questions to aid comprehension. The language has been simplified for high-beginning level English language learners (with vocabulary at the first 1000-word level) and is appropriate for young learners.
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The Red Badge of Courage and Other Stories is an adaptation of Stephen Crane classics. Part of the Ladder Series, at two thousand headwords, this title is appropriate for intermediate learners. Praised by literary critics and Civil War veterans at the time of its publication in 1896, The Red Badge of Courage stands out among stories of war. Other stories included in the book are “The Open Boat,” “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky,” and “The Blue Hotel.”
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To Build a Fire and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Jack London, adapted for English language learners. Part of the Ladder Series with approximately two thousand headwords, this title is appropriate for intermediate-level learners. A participant in the gold rush of the 1880s, London wrote stories that reflected his adventurous nature. His spirited tales, often set in extreme locations or situations, are entertaining and enjoyable. This volume includes such perennial favorites as “The Law of Life” and “The Wit of Porportuk.”
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