Why Read Classics?

With so many different books to choose from, some people are moving away from the stories that are considered “Classics” for a number of reasons. Some people think they are outdated and irrelevant, some think they are too hard, and others say that we need to expand our reading horizons beyond words written by dead white guys. I do not necessarily disagree with these or any arguments that people make against Classics, but I also think there can be many arguments made for why we should still include them in our reading repertoire.

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Two – Historical Tidbit

The Tower of London has a dark history that includes housing some of the most famous prisoners in England’s past. Though it is only brought up once in Chapter 2, it is important to England’s past and present, including in The Prince and the Pauper. Check out the post to know more.

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Two – Fun Fact

One of the things that happens in Chapter 2 of The Prince and the Pauper is that, after hearing enough stories about princes, Tom Canty actually begins to act like a prince. So we at Pontes Books asked ourselves, can people really start acting like the fictional characters they read about? Keep reading or check out the video to find out!

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Two – Vocabulary

The word “offal” is an interesting one for many reasons. It is featured on many different occasions in The Prince and the Pauper in all different Pontes Books versions. Although this word appears many times in the story, the word meaning does not actually play a large part in the plot. Rather, it is a fun easter egg that Mark Twain includes in the story only for those who understand its meaning. Check out the video or read the blog to find out more!

How to Read a Parallel Text

Since there are seven different Pontes Books versions of the The Prince and the Pauper, it can be a little confusing knowing which ones are right for you. In our previous blog post we gave some recommendations regarding how to decide which books to choose. This post is focusing specifically on our parallel text versions (orange, purple, and pink).

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter One – Historical Tidbit

Since The Prince and the Pauper is a historical fiction text, there are plenty of historical references added in by Mark Twain. Some of these references are common knowledge and some are obscure. Here at Pontes Books we are going to pick one historical reference to explore further for each chapter. For Chapter 1 we are exploring…

The importance of Edward VI’s birth!

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter One – Current Event

Royal babies have created much hype in the past and still continue to do so to this day. Read all about some modern-day examples of royal babies getting their time in the spotlight.

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter One – Vocabulary

Now the the Pontes Books versions of The Prince and the Pauper have officially been released , we will begin posting blogs/videos twice a week to support people reading this text. We begin with the Chapter 1 vocabulary word which is…PAUPER!

The Prince and the Pauper Book Release Day!

The big date is here! The Pontes Books versions of The Prince and the Pauper are available starting TODAY! How to find the books: All of the books are available on Amazon (try seaching “The Prince and the Pauper Pontes Books”), but since this company and these novels are brand new, they don’t always showContinue reading “The Prince and the Pauper Book Release Day!”

About the Pontes Books Blog

Salve! This inaugural blog post is really an introduction to things that are to come! Here at Pontes Books we are passionate about the Classics, but are even more passionate about making them understandable and relevant in a modern world. Though the primary purpose of our bridge and parallel versions of Classic novels is toContinue reading “About the Pontes Books Blog”