Two boys from two different walks of life change places and
alter their paths forever in this American classic from Mark
London, 1547. Two boys meet by chance and strike up a
conversation at the gates of a palace. Tom Canty is a poor young
boy with few prospects in life; his new friend happens to be Prince
Edward VI, the Prince of Wales. The prince and the pauper could not
be more different from one another, except for the small fact that
they look identical. When Tom admires the prince's fine garments,
he and Prince Edward decide on the spur of the moment to swap
clothes. But with cruel irony the prince is mistaken for a poor
beggar in Tom's rags and kicked out of his own palace while Tom is
taken to be the prince by everyone he meets. Suddenly the prince
and the pauper have swapped not only clothes but also their homes,
families, lives, and their very identities. While the boys are
eager to learn about life in someone else's shoes, they ultimately
want to return to their own homes and families. But this proves to
be a tall order when nobody believes the prince's claims that he is
really a prince despite being clothed in rags. This gripping tale
of mistaken identity sees Mark Twain venturing into historical
fiction for children while displaying his typical flair for witty
dialogue and incisive satire.
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