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Robinson Crusoe (Sterling Unabridged Classics) Hardcover – September 6, 2011
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Our eleven year old liked the ingenuity of Crusoe when he was stranded on the island. She said it made her think of being creative if she were ever stranded somewhere without the proper resources. She disliked the beginning because she felt it was too slow moving. She would recommend this book because it is a good book and you can learn a lot of stuff, specifically if you feel like you are at an end, keep trying because you can always find a way.
As the mom, I am thankful the book kept both girls engaged. We had many points for discussion throughout the entire book. I would recommend all families with children in middle school and above to read this book aloud as a family. I look forward to reading it again when our younger two are older. (I can't say that about all of the books we read aloud.)
The first half of the book is a classic (the classic) shipwreck survival tale and very clear in its parallel of the castaway's physical survival alone to everyone's spiritual survival in the privacy of their relationship to mortality. A worthy companion to Milton or to Pilgrim's Progress, both of which it echoes in a lot of ways.
The second half is a straight up 18th century adventure novel, which is quite fun. The attitudes towards servitude cross over, even for the time (I think), into pure fantasy. Easy to see why it was so popular for so long.