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The son of an Irish soldier and poor Irish woman is orphaned in India. The boy learns of India’s culture and religions and makes decisions on how to achieve enlightenment.
This is an easy-to-read abridged (shortened), and adapted (to a controlled reading level) classic novel with 10 illustrated chapters at an easier to read level. This concise format improves fluency, vocabulary and comprehension and is a useful tool for improving English skills. This enhanced version includes complete customized word-for-word audio narration and back ground musical composition to create a listen-read-along novel. This format is ideal for remedial reading, bilingual education - people learning English as a second language (ESL), English Language Learners (ELL) and people of any age intending to improve reading skills or for anyone whom the original version would be too long or difficult. This book is high-interest, low-readability and has carefully paced audio enabling audio-visual read-along comprehension, fluency and listening improvement. This book is at controlled reading and vocabulary Level E, Grades 5.0-6.0. This book is appropriate and entertaining for both children and adults.
Kipling's inspirational poem the one that begins, "If you can keep your head when all about you/ Are losing theirs" describes how to preserve one's honor by the principled avoidance of political and moral pitfalls. Italian artist Manna imagines the "you" of the poem as a boy journeying through a series of watercolor landscapes: fields under billowing clouds, misty nights, craggy mountaintops. To accompany the poem's first line, Manna paints the boy watching from a great green meadow as storm clouds approach; he stands and watches with a cool head, rather than running in fear. For "If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew/ To serve your turn long after they are gone," Manna shows the boy climbing a rocky pitch, the peaks of other mountains poking through the clouds below. Flying kites represent temptation, and dull-eyed marionettes represent allies who can't be trusted ("If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken/ Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools"). Though young readers may not fathom the poem's complexities, the grandeur of Manna's scenes conveys the loftiness of Kipling's sentiments. Ages 6 8.