| Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children|
|by James Baldwin|
|Adaptation of the story of Robinson Crusoe for children. Relates how the shipwrecked sailor makes a new life for himself on the island, crafting shelter, food, and clothing for himself from the few tools he rescued from the ship and what he is able to find on the island. Living on the island for over twenty years before he is finally rescued, he reinvents almost everything necessary for daily sustenance. Ages 7-9 |
I AM CAST UPON A STRANGE SHORE
 THE next thing I knew I was lying on the beach and the
breakers were rolling over me.
Some wave, kinder than others, must have carried me there.
I got upon my feet and ran as fast as I could.
I saw another
wave coming after me. It was high as a hill.
I held my breath and waited. In a moment the wave was upon
me. I could feel myself carried farther and farther toward
the dry land.
The water covered me. But I held my breath and tried to
The wave became smaller and weaker as it rolled farther and
farther up the long beach.
At last I could keep my head and shoulders above water. I
could breathe again.
I felt the ground under my feet. I struck out with all my
might for the dry land.
But now the water was rushing back from the
 shore. I feared lest I should be carried out to sea again.
I swam, I ran. I held on to the rocks. Then another great
wave came and lifted me high upon the shore.
In another moment I was safe on dry land.
I was worn out with the hard struggle, I lay down upon the
green grass. I looked up at the sky and thanked God that I
was alive and safe.
After I had rested a little while I arose and looked around
Far out from the shore I could see the ship. It was still
lying where it had stuck in the sand. The waves were dashing
"How was it possible for me to swim so far?" I asked myself.
Then I began to think of the men that were with me. Had any
of them been saved?
I walked along the shore for a mile or more. I looked in
every spot for some signs of my friends.
In one place I
found a hat; in another, a cap; And in still another, two
shoes that were not mates.
But of the men themselves I saw
nothing. All were drowned in the deep sea.
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