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Who Was Mark Twain? (Who Was/Is...?)

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A humorist, narrator, and social observer, Mark Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. Best known as the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, not unlike his protagonist, Huck, has a restless spirit. He found adventure prospecting for silver in Nevada, navigating steamboats down the Mississippi, and making people laugh around the world. But Twain ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 24th 2004 by Grosset & Dunlap (first published May 1st 2004)
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Jun 03, 2016 Nick added it
Mark Twain was one of the greatest writers of all time!
He wrote Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and many more! He was a father, a husband, and a thinker! Don’t forget a speech giver! In here you learn his life story after you think the question “Who was Mark Twain?”
What I like about this book is how Mark Twain thought the telephone would be a failure! Ha ha!
What I learned from this book is when you know you can do something great! You have to try very hard!
Apr 25, 2016 Tina rated it really liked it
Despite his hatred for Jane Austen, Mark Twain was a wonderful writer.
Eryka J
Jan 05, 2015 Eryka J rated it really liked it
Who Was Mark Twain. Mark was a very famous man. He had 6 brothers and sisters. Out of the 6, 3 died of diseases, in childhood. Mark was a kd who didn't really like school, he barley ever paid attention, and plyed hooky a lot. When Mark played hooky he was not alone many of his friends played hooky as well. They went down by the Missouri River they played there all the time, jumping in the river, playing piruests all the time, and watched the steam boats that came by all day. When Mark was 12 his ...more
Alexis Berger
Feb 23, 2016 Alexis Berger rated it it was ok
For the month of February, I decided to read the book called "Who Was Mark Twain?". This book was wrote by April Jones Prince. The book genre is obviously non fiction since it is a life story about a real person. Mark traveled every where all over the globe getting his books out there in the public so he never stayed in one exact place. The main character is of course the Mark Twain himself. This book was all about Mark Twain's journey through life. He had bumps in the road just like anyone. The ...more
Jessica Davis
Apr 29, 2015 Jessica Davis rated it liked it
The book "Who was Mark Twain" is a Biography for age group 8-12.

This book had so much information about Mark. For instance, all his jobs he had and in so many different places,how much money he made at such an early age, and I didn't realize all his works he had published. I gave this book 4 stars. I think children who read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" would be appealed to this book. I would use this book in class if my students were reading those books
Alyssa Canales
Dec 16, 2015 Alyssa Canales rated it it was ok
This month I read "Who was Mark Twain?". This book was written by a woman named April Prince and was illustrated by a man named John O'Brien. It was a non-fiction biography about a famous author named Mark Twain who lived in the 1800's. It pretty much just told the story if how he lived and what the 1800's were like. I actually found out that 3 of his 6 siblings died before reaching adulthood, He loved to drive steamboats, and his real name was Samuel. I didn't really like the book because it wa ...more
Chelsie Erin
Jun 02, 2015 Chelsie Erin rated it it was amazing
I have never read a book in this biography series before and I have to stay that assuming this is a typical example it is an excellent source of biographical information written at a good level for upper elementary students. Many children's biographies are either too simple that they provide no substantial information or too bogged down to keep a child's attention/are well over the reading level of most elementary students. This book provided important information at a nice pace. Not too much an ...more
Logan B
Jan 14, 2014 Logan B rated it really liked it
I jumped into this book not knowing anything about Mark Twain and when I was did I knew a lot about him. My favorite part had to be when he was just a young adult and actully joined his childhood dream career, a steamboat captain. I found it interesting how he was born the day Halley's Commet when past the earth and died 76 years later on the same day of the commet passing. My least favorite part was when all his family started dieing and his life just fell apart. After his last daughter died he ...more
Parker Cox
Jan 30, 2015 Parker Cox rated it really liked it
I thought this book was alright. Not great but not terrible. This book told lots of facts about Mark Twain and his family. Mark twain lived on the Mississippi River when he was a boy. He watched steam boats go by and some day wanted to be a steam boat captain. One of his most famous books he wrote was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This book was very inspirational because he started off as a poor boy in a town of Hannibal and just by writing stories he became famous. If you want to be an author s ...more
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Mark Twain is a very good book and I would encourage people to read it. It talks about his life and how he went from job to job looking to get money. His real name is Samuel Clemens. He always dreamed to be a steamboat pilot, but he didn't think he was ready to be one. He wrote newspapers and got a lot of money and practiced with this guy, that taught him how to pilot. I thought it was a really good book, so if you like biographies, I would recommend it.
Sammy Holthaus
May 24, 2015 Sammy Holthaus rated it really liked it
I thought it was a very interesting book, though I rated it a four out of five. But that is because of the parts in the book that left me bored. Otherwise the book was great and I enjoyed reading about his stories. His kid personality described in the the book caught my attention. That is the part of the book I liked the most, it kept the book going. He was a kind loving man that I wish I could meet. If you need a laugh then read this.
May 20, 2016 Blake added it
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Aug 03, 2015 Sonny rated it it was amazing
톰소여의 모험(1876), 허클베리 핀의 모험(1884).
어렸을 적에 읽은 기억은 나는 데, 내용이 가물가물.
본명 Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
필명 Mark Twain 이름을 들어도 이게 무슨 뜻인지 몰랐는데 이제 알게 되었음.
근대 미국영어의 대중화에 기여. America's great storyteller.
한때 저택을 소유할 정도로 부유했다가 빚 때문에 유럽으로 유랑.
딸 셋 중에 두명이 요절.
빚 다 갚고 뉴욕으로 금의환향. 대중으로부터 많은 인기.
Cj Taschner
Apr 04, 2016 Cj Taschner rated it it was amazing
This book is about a famous person he is Mark twain. Mark twain is a famose wrighter. he was born November 30, 1835 in Florida. and he died April 21, 1910. The story tells about his life at first then it goes to how he got to a fomuse wrighter.
Agnes Budianto
Aug 27, 2015 Agnes Budianto rated it liked it
Shelves: pinjeman
This book is really great, my first time reading "Who Was/Who Is.." book series about a well-known author. This book tells us about the hardships of what Mark Twain has overcome and it's really great.
Apr 02, 2014 Caleb rated it liked it
I liked Mark Twain. Only one of his children lived. He wrote "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer."
Feb 24, 2015 Fawzia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Excellent book with beautiful illustration I enjoyed reading it
كتاب يعطيك مختصر مفيد عن مارك توين
Jul 22, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it
Great overview with the kids as we prepare to visit Hannibal, Missouri.
Mar 31, 2014 Payton rated it really liked it
This book gave me the life of him.He had lots of death during his life.
Cmdr Bly
Oct 01, 2014 Cmdr Bly rated it it was amazing
i think it is a nice short biography on mark twain and his life
Feb 11, 2016 Keith rated it liked it
not very interesting
Mar 22, 2015 Kevyn added it
A good book.
Aug 29, 2014 Nathaniel rated it really liked it
I liked it.
Oct 20, 2010 Acton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cash
Mark Twain died on his birthday when Halley’s Comet came back. He was born on Halley’s Comet. He had always wanted to be a steamboat pilot when he was a boy. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are based on his life. He made his family bankrupt. He had to persevere to earn enough money to pay his property taxes so that his family could keep their home. He was a good writer.
Luke Ewell
Jul 08, 2015 Luke Ewell rated it it was ok
Shelves: 3rd-grade
Mark Twain might be the only person to be born and die on the same day Hailey's comet was in view. I have listened to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and they were funny. Mark Twain got a house and three servants for life for his wedding gift from his wife's dad.
Jan 12, 2012 Lola rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: reviewed, nonfiction
Slightly better than the last Who Was book I read but not much by much. I'm not even going to bother to tell you what was wrong with it. My advice: Read his autobiography instead. I've heard it's awesome and probably funny as hell knowing Twain.
Gina Beirne
Jul 12, 2010 Gina Beirne rated it liked it
Shelves: read2010, non-fiction
The Mark Twain Center's summer read for kids. We are reading this as a family, one chapter before bedtime each night.
Sep 27, 2012 Gabe rated it really liked it
This book was very helpful and gave a lot of good info about Mark Twain.
Feb 11, 2010 Noble rated it liked it
i leared about Mark Twain
John Opalenik
John Opalenik rated it it was amazing
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