| 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 EXPLORE MY ISLAND
 IT rained all that night. But in the cave everything was warm
and dry, and little by little I lost my fear.
The earthquake and the hurricane had done great damage to my
castle. I had to work hard for many days to put things to
I had now been on the island about ten months. In all that
time I had seen only a small part of it .
One morning I set out with my gun on my shoulder for a long
I went up the little river where I had first landed with my
rafts. I found that it was a very short river. After about
two miles, the tide did not flow any higher; and above that,
the stream was only a little brook of fresh water.
 Along the brook there were pleasant meadows, covered with
In the dryer parts of these meadows I found
tobacco growing wild.
I looked for the roots of a plant which the Indians use
instead of bread, but could find none.
In one place, however, I saw many tall sugar canes and some
fair-looking plants of a kind that was strange to me.
As I went back to my castle I wondered how I could learn
something useful about the many objects I had seen. But I
had never taken much thought about such things, and now I
had but little chance to learn.
The next day I went up the same way, but much farther.
Beyond the meadows I came to some beautiful woods.
Here I found several different kinds of fruits. There were
grapevines covering the trees, and huge clusters of ripe
grapes were hanging from them.
I was very glad of this. I made up my mind to come another
day and gather some of this fruit. I would dry the grapes in
the sun, and have some raisins.
 Night came on while I was still in the woods, and I could
not do better than stay there till morning. So I climbed
into a tree and slept there quite well.
It was the first night that I had spent away from home.
The next day I went on through the woods for nearly four
At last I came to an open space where the land sloped to the
west. The country was so fresh and green that it looked like
a big garden.
I went down into a pleasant valley where there were many
beautiful trees. There I found oranges, lemons, limes, and
citrons, besides many grapes.
I loaded myself with fruit and started homeward. "I must
come again and bring a sack," I said.
It was three days before I reached my castle. By that time
the fruit had lost all its flavor.
The next day I went back to the same valley. I carried two
small sacks to bring home my harvest.
But I found many of the grapevines torn down. The fruit was
scattered on the ground. Some had been eaten. Some had been
trodden to pieces.
A wild animal had been there. Perhaps it was a goat, perhaps
it was a larger beast. Perhaps several animals had done the
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