| 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 GET READY FOR WINTER
 I WAS so much pleased with the valley I had discovered that I
spent much of my time there.
At last I built me a small summer house close by a grove of
It was but little more than a bower, made of the branches of
I built a strong fence around it. This was made of two rows
of tall stakes with brushwood between.
There was no gate in this fence, but only a short ladder,
just as at my castle.
Here I sometimes stayed two or three nights together.
I gathered about two hundred clusters of grapes and hung
them up to dry. In due time they made
 the finest of raisins. I took them down and carried them to
Thus little by little I gathered food for winter.
winters there were not cold. But the rain fell every day,
and often all the day.
I had just finished my bower, and was beginning to enjoy
myself when the rainy season, or winter, began.
What could I do but hurry back to my castle and its dry,
For weeks I could not stir out without getting wet. My store
of food began to grow small.
One day, in spite of the rain, I went out and killed a
goat. The next day I found a very large turtle among the
This was all good luck, for I had now enough to eat for many
My meals were simple and plain.
For breakfast, I had a bunch of raisins and a bit of
For dinner, I had broiled turtle. I could not have turtle
soup, for I had no vessel in which to cook it.
For supper, I
ate two or three turtle's eggs.
Although I was kept close indoors by the rain, I was never
 Every day I worked at making my cave larger. I dug far in,
behind the rock, and made a fine, large room there.
Then I made another door or way out, which opened on the
outside of my wall. So now I could come into the castle
through the cellar, or kitchen, and without climbing the
This was much handier and easier than the other way. But it
did not seem so safe. I feared now lest some wild beast
might get into my house; and yet the biggest animal I had
seen on the island was a goat.
Soon after this I put a roof over my whole inclosure. I took
a number of long poles for rafters and laid one end of each
on the wall, while the other end leaned against the rock
above the cave.
These I covered with boughs of trees, long grass, and such
other things as I could get. In this way I made a very good
roof which turned the rain and kept everything dry.
My castle was now a very roomy place. It was quite warm and
dry even in the worst of weather.
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