Jean Valjean, a convict imprisoned lor stealing a loaf of bread, is released from prison after nineteen years: and through the kindness of a bishop. Monsieur Bienvenue. he becomes a changed man He gradually builds a large factory and leads a prosperous life for himself He then becomes known aa "Father Madeleine" and Is appointed mayor by the long Everyone revers him except for Inspector Javert of the Bureau of Police
Meanwhile, one of his employees named Fanttne is fired by the factory overseer after finding out about her illegitimate baby. Fanttne goes from one job to another to support her child, finally becoming a prostitute She is arrested by Javert but Valjean orders Javert to release her However. Fanttne. who is In extremely poor health, dies without seeing her child again
Valjean successfully retrieves her chUd Cosetle from the evil Thenardtem whom Fantme has trusted to take cere of the child Valjean and Cosette spend happy years m a convent. However, feeling that Cosette must have an opportunity to experience life, Valjean decides that they should leave the convent
Cosette bloome into a beautiful woman Manus. a handsome young men. notices her They exchange glances and soon discover they are in love with each other
importance of love end compassion reflect the entirety of life in nineteenth-century France.
Vividly illustrated and set in easy-to-read large font this collector's edition can be enjoyed by young readers and by generations to come