KC Ballet "Tom Sawyer" announcement photos by Rachel Jane
My first taste of Mark Twain was reading Tom Sawyer in its Classics Illustrated version when I was six or seven. Do you remember these comic-like books? The format made literature come alive, approachable for young readers. Later, in the fifth grade, Sister Asunta (an Irish immigrant with a musical brogue) had us read the book. But I remember her reading the book out loud to us, while she acted out the parts with funny voices, making it come alive and take shape.