| 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 HAVE A NEW SUIT OF CLOTHES
 THE next morning I slept quite late in my hammock, for the night
had been full of toil and I had had but little rest.
All at once I was awakened by the sound of a gun.
Then I heard some one calling me, "Governor! Governor!" It
was the captain's voice.
I hurried out.
He grasped my hand and pointed to the sea. There, a little
way from our beach, was the ship.
The weather being fair, the men had brought her around and
anchored her near the mouth of the river.
"My dear friend," cried the captain, "there is your ship!
She is all yours, for we owe our lives to you. We also are
yours. Everything on board of her is yours."
I was ready to sink down with surprise.
 For here was a large ship, at last, ready to carry me
wherever I wished to go.
At first I could not answer him.
We stood for some minutes with our arms around each other,
and neither of us could speak.
At last I broke out, crying like a child. Then we rejoiced
When he had talked awhile, the captain told me that he had
brought me a present.
"Bring up the box for the governor!" he cried to his men.
They came up the hill, carrying a wooden chest. When it was
put down in my castle the captain bade me open it and help
myself to all that was inside
I did so.
I found first two pounds of good tobacco, then twelve pieces
of beef, six pieces of pork, a bag of peas, a box of sugar,
a box of flour, a bag full of lemons, and two bottles of
But under these was the greatest surprise. There I found six
new shirts, six neckties, two pairs of gloves, a pair of
shoes, a pair of stockings, a hat, and a very good suit of
I could now dress like a man again.
 I went about it at once. It had been so long since I had
worn such clothes that I was very awkward at putting them
But at last I came out fully dressed. Friday did not know
me. I hardly knew myself.
The next day all was in readiness to sail away.
The second mate, the carpenter, and other ruffians who had
been foremost in the rebellion were to be left on the
island. In fact, I had put the matter to them in such a way
that they requested this as a favor.
"It will be better to stay here than be taken to England to
be hanged," I said to them.
I left with them a keg of powder, three muskets, and three
I told them also about my goats, and how I managed them—how
I milked them and made butter and cheese.
I showed them my fields of barley and rice.
I showed them, also, my castle, my cave in the woods, and my
"All these are yours," I said.
"They are much more than we deserve," said the second mate;
and I agreed with him.
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