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Shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe is alone on a desert island. Are there wild animals in the forest? Cannibals? If he wants to stay alive, Robinson Crusoe must start to do things he never thought of doing before: build a house, weave baskets,, tame goals, raise grain, sew anima-l skin clothes. He has no one to help him, no one to talk to. He has to decide for himself what to do. T Shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe is alone on a desert island. Are there wild animals in the forest? Cannibals? If he wants to stay alive, Robinson Crusoe must start to do things he never thought of doing before: build a house, weave baskets,, tame goals, raise grain, sew anima-l skin clothes. He has no one to help him, no one to talk to. He has to decide for himself what to do. Then he has to do it. How does Robinson Crusoe stay alive and safe on his island?


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Shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe is alone on a desert island. Are there wild animals in the forest? Cannibals? If he wants to stay alive, Robinson Crusoe must start to do things he never thought of doing before: build a house, weave baskets,, tame goals, raise grain, sew anima-l skin clothes. He has no one to help him, no one to talk to. He has to decide for himself what to do. T Shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe is alone on a desert island. Are there wild animals in the forest? Cannibals? If he wants to stay alive, Robinson Crusoe must start to do things he never thought of doing before: build a house, weave baskets,, tame goals, raise grain, sew anima-l skin clothes. He has no one to help him, no one to talk to. He has to decide for himself what to do. Then he has to do it. How does Robinson Crusoe stay alive and safe on his island?

30 review for Robinson Crusoe (Scholastic Junior Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joe Peters

    OK, so I thought I'd read this classic because it's supposed to be wonderful and all that. It's in old English, so it's hard to read. But I could get through that with enough effort. I didn't finish the book. I'll never finish this book. I found it totally, utterly, unbearably, BORING!!! It doesn't matter what happens, how wonderful or bad it is, there's not much emotion at all. And I never *cared*! After about 150 pages, I realised I couldn't care less, and I closed the book. The End.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gerry

    I have not read any version of 'Robinson Crusoe' since I was a youngster (and even then I think it was probably the Regent's Classic edition) so, even though this was an adapted version (and I do have a full versions somewhere) I thought I would give it a read. And the three people responsible for the adaptation have done a really good job for they have captured Crusoe in all his moods and situations perfectly. In addition JJ Grandville has provided excellent illustrations that have been turned i I have not read any version of 'Robinson Crusoe' since I was a youngster (and even then I think it was probably the Regent's Classic edition) so, even though this was an adapted version (and I do have a full versions somewhere) I thought I would give it a read. And the three people responsible for the adaptation have done a really good job for they have captured Crusoe in all his moods and situations perfectly. In addition JJ Grandville has provided excellent illustrations that have been turned into black and white engravings to fit the period of the book. Cast ashore on an island after his ship was shipwrecked and everyone else lost their lives, Crusoe was loathe to move off the beach to begin with for he was uncertain whether or not the island was inhabited, and if it was were the inhabitants cannibals? Fortunately when the storm that wrecked his ship died down he could see the ship in the relative shallows so he made his way to it and over a period of days, before the waves eventually demolished it, he was able to move all sorts of useful implements, weapons and food to the shore. But where was he to store it all? He ventured inland, found a clearing with a mountain wall backing onto it and constructed, at first, a primitive home and a primitive storeroom, which he augmented by using a cave that was adjacent to his buildings. He later elaborated them to make them more comfortable and then built a double fence around the buildings to prevent any wild animals entering and so that they could not easily be seen. He also planted seeds he gathered around the fences so that his residence was even more hidden. He then had to learn skills that would help him survive so he built a canoe, made bread, shot goats to eat the meat, drink the milk and wear the skins and then he just had to get used to the endless solitude of the place, which he discovered was indeed uninhabited. He did this for 28 years before another human being came into his life. That was when canoes landed on the island with cannibals and some prisoners in them. One of the prisoners managed to break away and found his way to Crusoe who christened him Friday because that was the day that he met him. They shot some of the cannibals who, afraid of gunshots, quickly took flight and returned to whence they came. Crusoe and Friday got on famously and enjoyed their time together until more cannibals arrived along with another prisoner who turned out to be Friday's father. They were happily united, the remaining cannibals once more were routed and the threesome made arrangements to make a larger boat that would take them all to Friday's father's island. But before that adventure could take place an English ship arrived in the bay and a small boat arrived on the island with British sailors in it. Crusoe acquainted himself with them and the ship's captain said that he would take them all back to England. There had been trouble on the ship so some of the men did not want to return to England in case they were arrested for crimes committed on board ship, so Crusoe allowed them to stay on his island. He and Friday went with the Englishmen on the ship back to England, Friday's father returned to his own island and those that chose to stay made their home where Crusoe, who left them sufficient supplies for their immediate needs, once lived. As I mentioned, it is an excellent adaptation and does make the reader probably want to read the full text as written in 1719.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I don't own the the edition I read as I read it in the mid 60s and I don't have the isbn number, so, I picked one. This is to this day a good book. A strong adventure, a good character and a good read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sean DeLauder

    A book I read many, many, many times as a boy, now I have read to my boys. The first book I've read of any length not written by Roald Dahl. An abridged version that excises Defoe's exhaustive sermonizing and attempts to squeeze praise into every paper-thin crevice in the story, and skips straight to the adventure. This story is the 300-year-old precursor to Cast Away. A human marooned on an abandoned island with nothing but wits and a few odds and ends salvaged from a wrecked vessel, though Crus A book I read many, many, many times as a boy, now I have read to my boys. The first book I've read of any length not written by Roald Dahl. An abridged version that excises Defoe's exhaustive sermonizing and attempts to squeeze praise into every paper-thin crevice in the story, and skips straight to the adventure. This story is the 300-year-old precursor to Cast Away. A human marooned on an abandoned island with nothing but wits and a few odds and ends salvaged from a wrecked vessel, though Crusoe benefited from a wider variety of wildlife than Tom Hanks. It made me very happy to hear the boys enthusiastic response each time I asked if they wanted to keep reading. It brought back something of the boy in me, for which I am very grateful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Obviously a simplified version but my little girls got the gist of it. Not my favorite classic story but clear lesson of God's provision and gratitude. Read at bed time to 10, 8, and 6 year olds.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Nice little condensed version of the original designed for kids. A great survival story that keeps the kids entertained and engaged. Lots of tense situations plus cannibals! Wasn't sure how the kids would react to that but they pulled through. Saw some shocked faces though. I enjoyed it as well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rishabh

    The adventurous story of a person on an inland ... Living alone for 28 years..simple language for me to read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Miles Nguyen

    This book was about a man that was stranded on an island. The man finds ways to survive. One day he see's cannibals on the island. He saves a man that was tied up in the sand and they survive together on an island. One day they see a ship from England. I didn't like this book was okay because of how boring the tone is. I liked this book because the story makes me want to read more and I really like the character Friday. I would recommend this book to people that like books about surviving on an i This book was about a man that was stranded on an island. The man finds ways to survive. One day he see's cannibals on the island. He saves a man that was tied up in the sand and they survive together on an island. One day they see a ship from England. I didn't like this book was okay because of how boring the tone is. I liked this book because the story makes me want to read more and I really like the character Friday. I would recommend this book to people that like books about surviving on an island and cannibals.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I actually read the original, not the Junior edition, and I have to admit it was quite painful to go through the laborious detail of Crusoe's acclimation to living alone and learning how to survive. The most redeeming part of the book was his discovery of God and realizing that he could be grateful for his life and the things he had despite his lack of basic comforts and communication with any other life form.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alecia

    i read this at a time that i felt sort of marooned in my own home. i enjoyed this book because it takes you back to basics. however, crusoe himself was kind of a jerk. nonetheless - it is an interesting read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I read this so I can supervise my second grader with her book report. She liked the story more than I did, for sure. Even this shortened version felt dragging especially through the chapters where Robinson Crusoe was learning how to start a life in the island. There simply wasn't anything happening. Also, there were more than a few times that the book started to sound like some book one would use to evangelize "savages." However, if it encourages my daughter to read the original in the future th I read this so I can supervise my second grader with her book report. She liked the story more than I did, for sure. Even this shortened version felt dragging especially through the chapters where Robinson Crusoe was learning how to start a life in the island. There simply wasn't anything happening. Also, there were more than a few times that the book started to sound like some book one would use to evangelize "savages." However, if it encourages my daughter to read the original in the future then I'd come back to update this rating. Maybe I need to rate this based on a child's perspective.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Sawdey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a Guy named Robinson who has crashed in a ship and is suck on a island Robinson had to swim to the island. Later than day Robison made a small raft and went back to the remains of the ship he grabbed as muck stuff as he could. On the ship was a dog and a cat Robinson just put the dog in the water and it just swam back to the island and he just grabbed the cat and they went back to the island. Rob insantly knew that he had to make a shelter. he was on that island for about 13 y This book is about a Guy named Robinson who has crashed in a ship and is suck on a island Robinson had to swim to the island. Later than day Robison made a small raft and went back to the remains of the ship he grabbed as muck stuff as he could. On the ship was a dog and a cat Robinson just put the dog in the water and it just swam back to the island and he just grabbed the cat and they went back to the island. Rob insantly knew that he had to make a shelter. he was on that island for about 13 years then he saw a foot print in the sand he knew this was not his because this foot is much bigger. one day he saw a tiny bout full of canibuls and they where coming to him he got his guns ready and they finally they came to the island they had a poor man and they where tring to kill him Rob shot the bad guys and went up to the guy and took him back to his shelter. they where on the island for like 13 more years then a bout came and picked them up.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zack

    Robinson Crusoe By Daniel Defoe, Charles Welsh Published by Public- School Publishing Company, 1903 245 Pages Fiction Mystery 5 Stars. The book is a great mystery/adventure that keeps you wanting to know more. The authors writing style is beautiful it pulls you in to a nonstop page-turner. It has well developed characters for example Robinson Crusoe and Friday the savage. Who is saved from the tribe of man eaters from an island right next to their island will they live or die by the hand of a sa Robinson Crusoe By Daniel Defoe, Charles Welsh Published by Public- School Publishing Company, 1903 245 Pages Fiction Mystery 5 Stars. The book is a great mystery/adventure that keeps you wanting to know more. The authors writing style is beautiful it pulls you in to a nonstop page-turner. It has well developed characters for example Robinson Crusoe and Friday the savage. Who is saved from the tribe of man eaters from an island right next to their island will they live or die by the hand of a savage Read to find out more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Robinson Crusoe always wanted to have an exiting life at sea. But I'm sure he changed his mind when a terrible thing happens. Did Robinson Crusoe expect this terrible shipwreck? This book is about the life that Robinson Lives on that deserted, untamed island. You can join him in his adventures on that island. I really liked this book. You get, in a way, a feeling tht you are in his shoes. You feel his loss and sadness and then you feel his fear and happiness. I hope you feel the same way!!! :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Miho Kobayashi

    1. SCHOLASTIC 2. 63 minites 3. nobody- nothing- island- one men- landed- finding- for living 4. Q: What would you do if you landed in the island where nobody's there? A: I would think about the way of coming back my hometown. It is because I'm very afraid of being alone at night. Something wrong is likely to happen. 5. Main character did anything, for example killing animals for eating food. Althogh he did them for living, I was considered whether what he did was right or not.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michele Flowers

    Reviewed by Zach, age 11 First of all this was a really great epic about survival on dangerous island. I enjoyed every part I read. The book never really left you hanging. It kept me wanting to read and see what happens next. It didn’t have any boring moments where you just want to skip ahead to where the good parts are. My favorite part was when Robert and his crew had to take back the English ship that was stolen from them.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fictionista Du Jour

    I inherited this book, and thought I should read it, being a classic. It belongs to the ages... and by that I mean it belongs in the past. Where one can relate to a protagonist who embodies thousands of years of dominating aggression in the form of Manifest Destiny and White Saviour Complexes. Seriously... he called himself Master?! Eyuw. I'm glad I didn't read this book as a kid.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hunt

    Just wanted a quick read and it did the job. Can see why it was a classic but I found it bit slow and dated. This maybe due to the age group it was aimed at. Sure I would have had a different opinion if I was younger.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Casuarina Pearson

    I haven't read the unabridged version but both my 10yr old son and I found this story laughable. I'm not sure if it's because it was abridged or if that's just how the story goes. We'll be reading the original now to compare

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alainee Coleman

    Boring. You could pretty much skip to page 60 before anything interesting happens. I know it's a children's book, but the sentence structure was way too simple and not descriptive. The whole story lacked emotion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    This was like the first serious book I read. Many times did I read it and I felt so proud of myself....

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    NOthing really except that it was a hard AR test

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    On Ch. 2 now. Tryin' to get my island on...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Bennett

    Couldn't get through it. I know it's a classic, but things that could have been SO exciting (piracy, escape from slavery, etc.) are told so plainly that it takes all the fun out of it. Boo.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Noah

    Not as good as I wanted it to be, but neat.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    Re-reading and re-reviewing soon.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    We will need to read the unabridged version in a year or two!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kandace

    This is just a kids version. I'm going to read it with Kennedy although the cannibals might be a little scary. It does make me want to read the real story, although I think it's really long.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mallorie Kuhl

    good children's book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Raegan Ralls

    Very good book! For those of you who love history and true stories this is the book to read!

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