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Anna Karenina (Easy Classics)

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Anna Karenina is one of my favorite classics. Its pretty easy to understand which is saying something since its Russian literature. This easy classics is absolutely perfect for young readers who want to start reading classics but feel intimidated and don't know where to begin. The illustrations were cute and I read it in one sitting. I would love to get a copy of this book for my classroom shelf!
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For an adult it wasn't riveting reading, but it was a great introduction to Tolstoy and the story that I enjoyed.  It would be a great introduction for the younger readers, for an adult it almost reads like Cliff Notes or a quick summary.
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wow!! this book really truly blew me away! it was so very much fun to read and i am so excited to get to read more from this author in the future! thank you so much for this opportunity, netgalley!!!!
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A lovely adaptation! It made the long, classic novel a much simpler read. I definitely recommend picking this one up
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After reading Anna K. a few month ago I wanted to read Anna Karenina and see how the both books differ, but I was always intimidated by that huge book. I wasn't able to commit to reading this many pages and when I stumbled upon this book, an easy classic for all ages, I knew I had to give it a go.

The story is about a russian woman, Anna Karenina, and her live as a russian nobel woman in the 19th century. She seemingly has the perfect life, a loving husband, a son she adores and friends who invite her to balls and the theater. But when she meets Count Vronsky and falls head over heels, she realizes that maybe she doesn't have the perfect life after all.

This edition of Anna Karenina is for readers 7 and up. And I think it's a perfect way to bring children nearer to read classic fiction. Even I, as an adult, am always intimidated by the classics. I enjoyed this version immensly and probably am going to check out more of these easy classics.
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So when I chose this book I didn't know the serious emotional ride this book in its classic format is so if I am reading this book without knowing about the classics I really commend the way the child friendly language that has been used because this is a complex story and to get it down to such easy portrayal is tough but I love how the team has used graphics for emotions and the complexities of the characters through their gestures which are originally written in the classic. I recommend this even for people who want to read up fast and are intimidated by the size of the original classic but perfect for children. A visual treat.
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I really enjoy these classic novel editions for children and would use them in my classroom. It is a great way to promote reading classic literature, at a beginning level, and may even provide a way for adults who have not read these books to become interested in doing so! This book is written in a concise way which includes all the most important aspects of the story. I also really enjoy the illustrations for this series. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review!
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I really wanted to read this book, but I didn't download it fast enough and it wasn't there when I went to do it.  I loved to reread old classics.
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I think this book is an excellent opportunity to give this classic a chance. I loved the adaptation and it was easy to read. I deeply enjoyed it and I think I would like to try more Easy Classics, because well, it does make it easier and since I always feel intimidated by classics, seems like a great option.
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I really didn't like this book. I appreciate that it's written more simply to be understandable for less confident readers, but the writing felt choppy and uncomfortable.
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I enjoyed this easy, simplified version of Anna Karenina -and it certainly took less time to read. As someone who hasn't read the book, this was easy to follow and the pictures of the main characters were helpful in keeping the characters straight due to the book being so short.
This is a great introduction to Russian classics for anyone who needs it, not just children.
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Do you want to introduce your kids to classics? Sweet Cherry Publishing has adapted, illustrated classics that are easy to read.⁠
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I recently read two books, The Hound of Baskervilles and Anna Karenina. The Hound of Baskervilles is my favorite and I am reading Anna Karenina for the first time. The Hound of Baskervilles felt a little bit fast-paced but sufficient in plot details. Sweet Cherry Publishing has a lot of other classics and can be a starting point for reading famous works from the past. ⁠
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Category: illustrated middle-grade novel⁠
Age: 8+
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I loved this children's adaptation of a classic. I enjoy a lot of classic books, but this is the first time I read this story. This easy classics chapter book has inspired me to read the full story.
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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Anna Karenina originally written by Leo Tolstoy and adapted by Gemma Barder. I’ve voluntarily read and reviewed this copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Anna Karenina adapted by Gemma Barder is part of The Easy Classics Epic Collection. This is such a great initiative to adapt these classics into stories suitable for a younger audience. I also read Pride and Prejudice adapted by Gemma Barder and found that to be super enjoyable. 

Unfortunately I wasn’t that excited by Anna Karenina. I’m also not really sure if it’s because of the story or because of it’s simplification for this adaption. Either way it felt a bit rushed and written as a matter of fact. I didn’t make me feel anything. So this one wasn’t for me. But I’m excited to discover the other adaptations. 

The illustrations by Helen Panayi were lovely.
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Barder's adaptation is a perfect introduction to this Russian classic. She treats the tragic, adult themes with sensitivity, keeping younger readers in mind--geared toward tweens looking for their first Tolstoy. But there is enough in this condensed version for anyone wanting a quick refresher. It's adorably drawn and keeps the deep anguish at minimum. Parental discretion might be advised for some audiences, but don't miss this one
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Thank you to Sweet Cherry Publishing for a digital review copy of ‘Anna Karenina (Easy Classics)’ by Leo Tolstoy and adapted by Gemma Barder. 

This illustrated book is part of the publishers new ‘The Russian Classics Collection for Children’. As such it has been suitably adapted for readers aged 7 and older. I found the illustrations by Helen Panayi adorable. 

Anna Karenina is one of literature’s tragic heroines given her headstrong behaviour. She exists in a world of titled Russian aristocratics, operas, and balls. 

I had been a little concerned how Anna’s end would be covered given the intended age of its readers. Still, as with other adaptations for children, it was approached sensitively in terms of the cause of her death. 

I am in complete favour of introducing young readers to the Russian classics, which can appear formidable even to adults.

I certainly feel that this book (and series) will be of interest to parents, educators, and librarians as well as to older readers, who might wish an easy introduction to this classic novel. ‘Anna Karenina’ has been a novel that I have wanted to read and I felt that this adaptation gave me more confidence to approach the original.

Note: a free audiobook is provided via a QR code inside the book. I feel that this is an excellent idea as it allows the young reader to listen along while reading.
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I love easy classics! They make great adult books into more accessible and child friendly. Highly recommend this for anyone who has wanted to read this book, but is scared of the size!
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The children adaptation of the classic "Anna Karenina" was very well made: easy to understand, and with absolutely gorgeous illustrations!
I'm glad I got to read it and discover a very abbreviated version of the classic which I had never read before. I found interesting that the themes mentioned in the story (infidelity, divorce) would be addressed to such a young public but the way it was presented made sense. There were quite a few characters but it was still fine to keep track of them, especially since they are explained in the first few pages.
Overall, a good book that I enjoyed reading!
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I am conflicted about this book. On the one hand, looking at it purely as an adaption, Gemma Barder has done a good job of condensing over 800 pages of text down to 120 pages. While much is lost, of course, the bones of the story are there, and it was an interesting read. I admit, I've not read Anna Karenina yet, but reading this adaption honestly did make me more interested in reading the original, so there's that, that's a plus to me. However...
The publisher's blurb on Netgalley lists this book thus: "Suitably adapted and illustrated for younger readers and teens." Their blurb on GoodReads says this: "Suitably adapted and illustrated for children aged 7+." Now, the style of language in the adaption is suitable for children as young as seven, but the subject matter? Not so much. Nor do I think it would interest a child that young. An adaption of Anna Karenina would be better suited toward middle grade/high school students, with the language bumped up to their level, while still simplified from the original, in my opinion. I'm giving this 3 stars because I feel Barder did a good job within the parameters set for her, but I do think perhaps the publisher should rethink the audience, beef up the length of the adaptions in their Easy Classics Epics Collection to about double what they are now, and raise the language up to a higher level suited to older children and teens. Again, just my opinion, others mileage may vary.

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Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance at reading this novel. I have always wanted to read this novel but was a bit afraid because of the page count. But this shortened one allowed me the chance at understanding what the novel is about and whether or not I would want to read the original. I will read it in the future as the story was enjoyable. I also loved the illustrations and they seemed to blend well with the story.
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