River Boy

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River Boy

The Story of Mark Twain

By William Anderson; Dan Andreasen (Illustrator); William Anderson (Illustrator)

HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060284008, 40pp.

Publication Date: February 18, 2003

Description

Ste-e-e-eamboat's a-comin'!"

Along the banks of the great Mississippi River, a young boy named Samuel Clemens raced to the docks whenever he heard that familiar cry. He dreamed of exploring the world beyond his river town. Little did he know that one day he would become the famous writer Mark Twain, and write about his boyhood adventures along the bustling river waterfront in the classic stories The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Sam's exploits take him from the printing presses of the Hannibal Courier to the decks of the steamboats that travel the mighty Mississippi, and even to the Wild West.

Now noted historian William Anderson tells the colorful story of Sam's life as he grows from a mischievous boy into the enterprising author. Dan Andreasen's fresh, vibrant paintings capture the spirit of the storyteller who will live on forever as one of America's literary icons.



Praise For River Boy

“The pictures have an appealing luminescent quality. A perfect introductory biography.”
-School Library Journal

“Andreasen’s burnished paintings capture the gold of imagination and memory.”
-Booklist