Reviews for Last of the Mohicans


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 November 2002
Gr. 3-5. This large-format book showcases Wyeth's beautiful, dramatic illustrations for The Last of the Mohicans. More than three times larger, at 11 1/2 by 9 3/4 inches, than the pictures in the familiar Scribner Classic edition, these reproductions are more clearly defined, more intensely colored, and probably closer to Wyeth's original 42-by-30 inch oil paintings than the older prints. It would be misleading to imply that children are clamoring for a short version of Cooper's 1826 novel or that even a respectful adaptation such as this one can capture the spirit of the original. Still, the familiar title and stunning illustrations will attract parents, and possibly children, to the handsome volume. ((Reviewed November 1, 2002)) Copyright 2002Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring
Fans of Wyeth's art will be drawn to this volume, whose oversize pages feature more than a dozen of his classic paintings. Unfortunately, Cooper's original text for this tale of friendship between a white man and some Mohican Indians has been dumbed down (""'Look at the size of those antlers,' Hawkeye marveled"") as well as severely condensed in this new edition. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2002 November #1
Newly abridged by Timothy Meis, James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans comes to life under the paintbrush of N.C. Wyeth, with illustrations originally published in 1919. The artist offers readers a close-up view of the French and Indian War, in paintings such as British colonel Duncan's struggle against a Huron warrior or the Mohican Chingachgook similarly fighting off another Huron warrior in the clearing of a wood. Wyeth's paintings also accompany Meis's adaptation of Daniel DeFoe's Robinson Crusoe, due out in February. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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