Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera
based on the story by Gaston Leroux
retold by Kate Knighton
63 pages
intermediate readers
[Tulsa, Okla.] : EDC Publishing], 2008

The members of the Paris Opera House gossip about the ghost or phantom that lurks beneath the stage. Christine, formerly unknown, is called to stand-in for the lead singer. Her beautiful voice attracts much attention. She has been taught by an "angel of music" who speaks to her yet never shows himself. What is the connection between Christine's secret teacher and the world underneath the Opera House?

Recently I discovered this attractive intermediate chapter series from Usborne. The story of The Phantom of the Opera has been retold in an easy-to-read yet exciting way for young readers. The illustrations are colorful and add much to the story. If you are looking for simplified versions of classic stories check out the Usborne Young Reading Series.

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