Search and Find: Pride & Prejudice: A Jane Austen Search and Find Book by Sarah Powell

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Search and Find: Pride & Prejudice: A Jane Austen Search and Find Book by Sarah Powell

Category: Emerging Readers
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Sean Barrs
Reviewed by Sean Barrs
Summary: This is a perfect introduction to the world of Jane Austen through a very clever use of location and characters, enjoyable for both adults and children.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 48 Date: July 2017
Publisher: Studio Press
ISBN: 978-1783708277

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Search and find books are usually aimed at children. They are a good bit of fun, but they are also a good study tool for adult readers alike. Jane Austen is a fantastic novelist, but her style of writing can be daunting for those not used to such heavy prose. It is very easy to become lost in the myriad of dialogue, characters and events. I find a good plot summary helps when approaching her works, this was especially so in the case of the perplexing and long-winded Emma.

Pride and Prejudice is more plot driven than Emma but it can still be a tricky novel at times. What's great about this book is that you learn about the original text without even realising you are doing so. The locations of the novel, Netherfield Hall, Meryton, Longbourne and Pemberley, are put into plot context as you search for characters within the setting. Mr Darcy, the Bennets and the Bingleys are hidden in plain sight. You spot them out and consider why they are actually in the location in the first place. Before you know it, the book is giving you subtle nuanced details about the plot and character's intentions.

The images themselves are very quaint; they capture the revelry and gaiety associated with the early nineteenth century social sphere. Everybody is looking to get along, and make social advances. The colouring is sharp and each individual character is very distinct. One of the search items was Darcy's famous letter to Elizabeth Bennet, a great idea I thought, though having more objects to find rather than people would have made for a welcome change of pace. The letter is a very important aspect of the plot, but there also other important objects that could also have been used.

This book should ideally be read before the main work. You don't exactly need to know anything about Austen before picking it up. It certainly would give you many details about what is to come, the resolution included. If you don't mind spoilers this should not bother you at all. Though I think most people will know the ending of this novel before reading it, so I don't foresee any problems there. That being said, I have read the full novel (twice actually), and I still enjoyed this so it can also be used as a refresher tool.

It's also a great way to slowly bring young readers into the world of classic novels. The visual imagery will allow them to understand the costumes and the period nature of the writing. It's a good little peak into the world of Austen before attempting to read the full work. So if you're looking for new and interesting ways to explore this story then it's worth reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith or if your into crafts A Colouring Classic: Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice by Chellie Carroll might take your fancy.

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