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The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Calico Illustrated Classics Series)

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In Daniel Defoe's classic tale of survival and courage, Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked on a deserted island. He uses his wits and resources to build shelter, farm, and survive for twenty-eight years! Crusoe's adventures surviving loneliness, taming wild animals, and battling mutineers have been adapted for young readers. Crusoe's strength, courage, and faith are tested in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of Defoe's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Calico Chapter Books is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a ...

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In Daniel Defoe's classic tale of survival and courage, Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked on a deserted island. He uses his wits and resources to build shelter, farm, and survive for twenty-eight years! Crusoe's adventures surviving loneliness, taming wild animals, and battling mutineers have been adapted for young readers. Crusoe's strength, courage, and faith are tested in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of Defoe's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Calico Chapter Books is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO Group. Grades 3-8.

Bring classic children's tales to young readers with the Calico Illustrated Classics series. World-class illustrations make rafting the river and braving the revolution an exciting journey through literature. Large type and leveled language make the classics accessible to readers of all ages.

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Children's Literature - Mary Bowman-Kruhm Ed.D.
Throughout the book's nineteen chapters of this excellent adaptation, Jan Fields writes with a tone and style appropriate for a retelling of Defoe's classic story about a young man who loves the sea so much that he defies his father and chooses a seafaring life. After several adventures, Robinson Crusoe's ship encounters a terrible storm and becomes stuck on a sandbar. The crew boards the remaining lifeboat, but a wave sweeps his comrades away. While Crusoe is left a cache of supplies from the ship, he is marooned on an isolated island near the Barbados. Crusoe's creative solutions to the problems he faces living without human companionship for 28 years are detailed and include taming goats, growing barley to make into cakes, and outfitting himself in animal skins. Black-and-white drawings give a sense of Crusoe's aging on the island. Finally, he meets another person. Crusoe helps a prisoner escape from killers invading his island, and the two become companions. Because he rescues the man on Friday, that is what Crusoe calls him. The pace picks up considerably during the last four chapters. One adventure rapidly follows another, leaving little chance for reflecting upon or even visualizing Crusoe's predicaments, but the earlier part of his story is so well told that this a minor issue. Obviously much of the original is omitted, but the story is well told and the story is improved without some of the material (e.g., his views on religion). This book is intended for middle-grade students, and has a large font and white space on the pages. However, the book would be an excellent supplemental text for an inclusion class that is reading the original or a class studying a unit on survival. It would be an excellent read-aloud for introducing young children to the classics. Reviewer: Mary Bowman-Kruhm, Ed.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602707030
  • Publisher: Magic Wagon
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Calico Illustrated Classics Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    The Adventures Robinson Cruose By: Daniel Defoe Imagine b

    The Adventures Robinson Cruose By: Daniel Defoe
    Imagine being trapped on an island for 27 years! No food, no other human beings, the fear of the unknown, and the thought of hostile savages! What would you do? How would you survive? Well in the book The Adventures of Robison Cruose By: Daniel Defoe it shows the daring adventures of Robinson Cruose a brave sailor.
    In this great book an adventurous man named Robinson Cruose. In this story Robinson sails to Africa to get slaves for plantations in Brazil. On his voyage to Africa a horrible storm hits his ship. The ship is tossed like football. The next morning Robinson founds out he is shipwrecked on an abandoned island.
    I enjoyed this book a lot because you would read one chapter and get hooked. This book in my opinion had a lot of suspense in each chapter that is why I enjoyed it so much.
    I recommend this book to 10 and 12 year olds because anyone who likes adventure books or enjoy suspense. This book is the book you want to read if you like adventures or just like books!

    Zacharias, Alfred, and Daniel Defoe. Robinson. Berlin: Wiking Verl., 1939. Print.

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    Posted August 9, 2012

    Love it

    It is wonderful

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