Inside All Graded Readers (17)
Retold by Jennifer Bassett
France, 1815. Jean Valjean leaves prison after nineteen years. These are dangerous and troubled times, and life is hard. Valjean must begin a new life, but how can he escape his past, and his enemy, Inspector Javert?
This story for Bookworms is loosely based on the famous novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, one of France's greatest writers. The novel was written in 1862, and the story has been retold many times - in a musical, in plays for radio and theatre, and in more than fifty films for television and cinema.
Find out what happened when kind, clever Beauty had to live with a beast ...
Enjoy the tale of the old woman's magic brocade. What did her sons do when it blew away?
Enjoy the famous tale of Snow White and the bad queen who wanted to kill her.
What is the secret of happiness, or the best thing for a wife to take with her when she leaves home?
How does a man pay for the smell of bread, or decide if he is lucky?
What happens when a friend steals a gift meant for you, or is careless when he tries to make his dreams of a better life come true?
How can you change dirt into gold, or get what you want?
The eight wise tales in this collection can teach us some important lessons about life.