Monday, February 19, 2007

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

"Tom!" No answer. "Tom!" No answer. "What's gone with that boy, I wonder? You, TOM!"

This delightful adventure opens with Aunt Polly searching for the mischeveous Tom Sawyer, which sets the tone for the entire book. Tom is your typical young boy, wanting to explore his world instead of spending his time in school and church. We meet Tom in the famous fence-painting scene, setting under the shade of a tree after convincing the other neighborhood boys that there is nothing better than white washing a fence. The story moves on to many other adventures which include Tom and Huckleberry Fin witnessing a murder late at night in the graveyard and wrestling with the right and wrong of telling what they've seen, but being scared to come forward and having the murderer (Injun Joe) find out that they were there that night.
Tom meets Becky Thatcher and falls head over heals in love, resulting in the two of them getting lost in a cave during a school outing. We experience, right along with them, those feelings of being alone with your crush in those young years.
I read this book to my kids as a bedtime story when they were young. They all enjoyed it then and I got as much pleasure in reading it to myself this time around. It is a classic novel that surpasses time. Any young boy can relate to these timeless adventures of Tom Sawyer. A must read for one and all....


Blogger Literary Feline said...

This was such a fun book! I read it years ago. Thank you for helping me relive some of my favorite moments in the book with your review.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

My mother read Tom Sawyer to the three of us when we were young. My fondest memories of the book were when she read the part about the cat and the painkiller. She could barely get through it as she was laughing so hard! Every little child loves to watch their mother dissolve into tears of screaming laughter! It is a great book.

1:11 PM  

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