IN the year 1719 an Englishman whose name was Daniel
Defoe wrote a very long story, which he called "The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe." His story was not designed
for children, and therefore it contained a great deal of
hard reading. There was much in it, however, that was interesting to young people,
and from that day to this, the marvelous tale of
Robinson Crusoe has been a favorite with boys as well
as men. I have rewritten the story in words easy for every child,
and have shortened it by leaving out all the dull parts.