| 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 STRANGE VISITOR
 THE next morning, when the tide was at its lowest I swam out
to the ship again.
There were still many things on board of it that might be
useful to me in my island home. I wished to save all that I
I climbed up the ship's side just as I had done the day
Before looking for anything I made another raft, just like
the first one, but smaller. It was not so easy to make, for
I had used up all the best planks. It was neither so large
nor so strong as the first raft.
In the carpenter's shop I found three bags of nails and a
grindstone. I found also a box full of little hatchets and a
small barrel of musket balls.
In the captain's room I found six or seven guns, which I had
overlooked before, and another keg of powder.
 All these things I loaded with much care upon my raft.
Then I gathered up as many clothes as I could find; also a
spare sail, a hammock, and some bedding.
The raft was now quite full. The things were not heavy, but
they made a large pile.
When the tide turned for the shore, I cut loose and was soon
I had found a good oar in the ship. This I used as a paddle,
and I had no trouble in guiding the raft to the right
I looked to see if the goods were safe which I brought over
the day before.
There, on one of my chests, I saw a strange animal sitting.
She looked like a wild cat.
As I went toward her, she jumped down and ran a little way.
Then she stood still.
I followed. She stood very firm and looked in my face. She
looked as though she had a mind to get acquainted.
I pointed my gun at her, and shouted. But she did not care
I had a bit of biscuit in my pocket. This I now tossed
toward her. "Take this and begone," I shouted.
 Biscuits were not so many that I could well spare any. But I
spared the poor animal this little bit.
It rolled quite close to her nose. She smell of it and ate
it. Then she looked up for more.
"Thank you, I have no more to give you," I said.
Whether she understood me, I do not know. But, with that,
she turned and marched away.
I now set to work to get my second cargo on shore. It was no
easy task, and I had to make many trips to and from the
When everything was safely landed, I made me a little tent
with the sail and some poles that I cut.
Then I put everything into the tent that needed to be kept
dry. The empty boxes, I piled outside. They made a kind of
wall around the tent, like the wall of a fort.
"This will keep the wild beasts out," I said.
By this time the day was nearly done. I spread one of the
beds on the ground. I laid two loaded pistols near its head,
and one of the guns by one side of it.
Then I crept in and was soon fast asleep.
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