| 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 MAKE ME A RAFT
 THERE was a great deal of water in the ship’s hold. But the
cabin and the storerooms were dry.
The boxes of food had not been touched by the water.
I was very hungry, but I had no time to lose. So I filled my
pockets with dry biscuits and ate them as I went about.
There were many things on the ship. They might be very
useful to me if I had them on shore. But there was no boat,
and how could I carry them there?
"I will make a raft." I said to myself.
There were several long pieces of timber on the deck. I tied
a rope to each of these so that it
 would not float away. Then I dropped them, one by one, over
the ship’s side.
After this I slid down my rope into the water, and tied
these timbers together. They formed a framework that was
strong and would not sink.
On top of this framework I laid all the boards I could find.
I now had a very good raft. It was large enough to carry a
great many things. All the time I was building it I was
planning how to load it.
In the cabin there were three strong boxes, such as sailors
use. These I emptied. Then I carried them out and let them
down upon my raft.
Of all the things on board, I would need food the most. So I
filled the first chest with bread, rice, cheese, and a few
pieces of meat.
I found also a small bag of grain, of which I took good
care. It was barley.
Then I began to look around for clothing, and found enough
to do for many a day.
While I was getting these together I happened to see the
carpenter’s chest. It was full of tools.
It was hard work to get it on the raft. I lifted and pulled.
I pulled and lifted; and at last I had it alongside of the
other boxes. How tired I was!
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