| 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 FIND A STRANGE LODGING PLACE
 IT was now late in the afternoon. The sun was shining in the
bright sky. The storm was at an end.
I began to look around me, to see what kind of place I was
in. "Where shall I go?" I asked myself. "What shall I do?"
My clothes were still wet. I could dry them only by sitting
in the sun.
I had nothing to eat or drink.
I had nothing about me but a
knife, a pipe, and a little tobacco.
How could I live on this strange shore without shelter and
The thought of this made me almost wild. I ran this way and
that, like a madman.
Then I sat down and cried like a child.
I never felt so lonely as at that moment. I never felt so
helpless and lost.
Soon I saw that night was coming on.
 I thought: "What if there are wild beasts in the woods? They
will come out in the darkness and find me here. And then how
can I save myself from them?"
A little way from the shore I saw a tree. It stood all
alone, with no other trees near it.
It was thick and bushy, with long thorns on its branches.
I walked out to look at it.
To my great joy I found a spring
of fresh water bubbling out from among its roots.
I knelt down and took a long drink, for I was very thirsty.
Then I climbed up into the tree.
The branches grew very close together. I found a place where
I could rest, half sitting and half lying, with no danger of
With my pocket knife I cut a strong stick about two feet
long. This would be my weapon if any beast should find me in
It was now quite dark. The only sound that I could hear was
that of the waves breaking against the shore.
It seemed so good to be on dry land that I forgot every
danger. I was so tired that I soon fell asleep. Never have I
slept more soundly.
Hundreds of additional titles available for
online reading when you join Gateway to the Classics