Read Robinson Crusoe (Classic Starts) by Deanna McFadden Daniel Defoe Jamel Akib Arthur Pober Online


Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how tWho has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, twenty-four years later, when he confronts another human being. First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe has been praised by such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson as one of the greatest novels in the English language. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) trained for the ministry, became a political journalist, and finally, to many, became "the father of the English novel." He is also the author of Moll Flanders....

Title : Robinson Crusoe (Classic Starts)
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ISBN : 9781402726644
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Robinson Crusoe (Classic Starts) Reviews

  • Arielle
    2019-05-13 03:27

    My son is a 3rd-grader and he teacher was recently reading "The Sign of the Beaver" to his class. The classic story "Robinson Crusoe" was referenced a few times in the readaloud and my son was curious as to what this story was about. I gave him a very short summary (not having ever read the story myself) and my son wanted to read it. I chose it for our next bedtime readaloud book and it was painful. I think we got through the first four chapters. It was a tedious and choppy ready filled with sooo many extra words. Classic or not-this nearly 300-year-old book would have taken us forever to get through. Neither Gus nor I are fans of abridged books but this edition was a lifesaver and so much for pleasant to get through. And the original story will always be there in case he wants to give it another go when he's older. Abridged FTW in this case!

  • Katie
    2019-05-11 06:22

    This is a recount of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719). Robinson is dreaming of an adventure, he wants to become a sailor and travel the world but his parents are against the idea warning him that it’s far too dangerous. Going against his parents’ wishes Robinson chooses to join a voyage to Africa. After a terrible storm at sea Robinson sets ashore on a deserted island where he lives alone for the next twenty-five years. The story describes Robinson’s adventures on the island and his survival methods until he helps a captured prisoner escape who has been taken to the island by natives. The two men live together on the island a further five years until they are finally rescued by an English ship and sail back to England. I have read the original Robinson Crusoe and really enjoyed it, however, I think that the children’s version is more of a summary and lacks detail. It also misses out some key parts form the original which I feel could have been adapted for children. However, I’m currently reading this book with a guided reading group in a high ability year six class and so far they are enjoying it. Although the first three chapters the children were not very interested but once Robinson reached the island they were eager to read on. The book has lots of language features which are great for discussions during guided reading (such as metaphors and rhetorical questions), it is also great for comprehension as different types of questions can easily be created for each chapter. There are also lots of worksheets and activities available on the internet for the book which are great for using for homework.

  • Kaylei
    2019-05-08 07:12

    Before you read this I want you to now that this may be the best review I’ve written yet and please like: thank you 🙂🙂 Robinson Crusoe was a real person well was a real person and now dead 💀 but I can tell you what the book was about. So Robinson Crusoe got shipwrecked, and now is deserted on a island and has to find a way to adapt to the island life. In the beginning of the book 📖. In the middle of the book he has to survive he found Berries,🍓fruits and he planted wheat as used in the book Barley🌾 (if you live in the country you probably have it in your yard) and with the Barley he used to make Bread 🥖 but to go along with the bread he used the foods and drinks 🍹 there was milk 🥛 to so that’s how he survived. In the end of the book he saved a prisoner that was gonna be trapped there for life so then he became his servant to years he was stuck there and then they built a boat 🚣 and Built it high enough for no water to get into and returned to Europe

  • Kate Z
    2019-05-22 06:20

    Just finished reading this with Will. Readable with 6 year old - good line spacing which helped him track what he was reading. For my adventurer/survivalist kid this was actually just okay - probably too sanitized in order to be readable. The story comes down to more of an outline. It's hard to find the balance between readable and the enjoyable, enthralling details of the actual story.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-08 23:26

    A good re-telling of the original story. Very vague about Friday and where he came from.

  • Tayla Eidam
    2019-05-20 23:16

    Okay. About a man who shipwrecks and learns to live on the island for 20+ years and saves a man from savages.

  • Bradley
    2019-05-05 01:24

    Robinson Crusoe by Deanna McFadden was a great read that I enjoyed. The story begins in 1692, New York. It is about a young man named Robinson Crusoe. Robinson is a young adventurous man who craves excitement. He wants to go out to sea. His parents and others warn him against going out to sea, they want him to be a lawyer. Despite his parent's warnings he goes out to sea. Later, the ship he is riding on gets caught in an intense storm and crashes into an island. No one survives. Except Robinson. He has to learn how to live on the island on the island. Will he be alone forever, or are there others??? I liked this book because it showed what it was like to start from nothing and end up like Robinson did, it showed his hardships and what he did for survival. I normally don't like reading classics but I definitely liked this book. Also, this book was one of a kind, I haven't read any other books that are quite like this one. Overall I think that it is a great read and if you need a classic then this is the book you should read.

  • Fateemya
    2019-04-27 00:18

    Robinson Crusoe A young man who transfer his dream (to be a sailor) into realiy. He didn't listen to his parents, left his study to experiment the life on the sea. From {York to Town of Hill to Yarmouth to african voyage to Brazil To unknown island To England to York. }just imagine: - What if you choose the voyage adventure and face strong storm? what if you can't control the wind blew and your boat goes in different directions? what are your feeling if the sea wants to swallow you? Will you leave your farm and fortune and dedcide to take risk only because you craved grand adventures and faraway lands?!! What if you find your self in an unknown island with no human being and you are the only one that survive after shipwrecked. Will you be able to live alone for only (twenty-eight years, two months and nineteen days) before you find someone to return home??!! It's a wonderful novel with simple language

  • Kurt
    2019-04-27 02:28

    66. Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe. 225 pages. I’ve had this book for a long time, but did not read it in its entirety until I was an adult. I loved it. It is written back in 18th century back in the day old English style. We are humans because we are members of the humane race that should and must try to be humane to our fellow brother and sisters. Stranded on a deserted island for almost 28 years, apparently this story was based on a true story, although the real person was only on the island for four years or so. Robinson Crusoe meets up with his man Friday, a native who is supposed to be killed and eaten by fellow cannibals. The story is excellent, and it renewed my faith in mankind, if only temporarily. *****Five Stars

  • Roslyn Ross
    2019-05-07 03:20

    This book was fine. Just like all the other ones in this series. But I am kind of over reading these "kids versions" of classic books. They are fun for my son since the stories are fun, but they are completely boring for me. What is fun for me is reading old books and discovering assumptions and ways of thinking about the world that people had in the past. Not to mention all the cool words and they way things are phrased. Or discovering certain bad words were in children's books just 100 years ago--they weren't considered "bad" words yet. Anyway, this was fine. But the story without the character of the original voice was just kind of boring.

  • Neel
    2019-05-09 23:11

    I didnt no what to read quick so I read this. It was about a person who got shipwrecked on an island. I liked it a lot. He made a farm and two different houses it was really cool and interesting. He had a parrott and a dog. He was the only living one after the shipwreck and after raising goats and eating well and learning everything about the island for 31 years... He got picked up by an english man who found him. After an emotional departure he returned to England. He was not at home there. And strangely the book ended without an explanation of how his life continued in England.

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-17 03:26

    It was a fun book, I liked reading about his day to day survival and adventures. It reminded me a lot of that Tom Hanks movie where he was stranded on an Island and he had a ball he named Wilson. I'll plan to tackle the original sometime but for now I'll just keep reading these quick Classic Starts book. I probably shouldn't admit that, afterall I am an adult! I think my kids will really like this book when they're ready, or I may just go ahead and read it to them.

  • Korben R.
    2019-05-04 23:26

    I thought this book was a interesting one something that i would recommend for readers just starting out it taught me many things that I use today in word use no survival things. But it is something I really enjoyed reading. In all I think if your reading this review that you really hope that you read the book to.

  • Janet
    2019-05-01 00:15

    Can't find the actual edition I read but am reading for my History of Children's Literature class I'm teaching. About the only thing I can say is it is much better than it was when I read it in college.

  • Maureen
    2019-05-10 05:17

    I read this with my 8 year old daughter. It was such a great classic start book! We lived Robinson's story the entire time and had so much discussion about it. We enjoy all of the "Classic Starts". This one was especially well written!

  • Ebookwormy1
    2019-05-13 05:12

    An engaging adaptation of a classic that can be read by elementary readers (or adults in a few hours!). The editor has captured the story arch and some of the themes of the great work.I highly recommend the series.

  • Sally
    2019-05-02 23:07

    Makes me want to rewatch Lost, Joe vs. the Volcano, and Cast Away; makes me want to reread Walden and Into the Wild.

  • PWRL
    2019-04-30 07:36


  • Kathy Foley
    2019-05-10 00:31

    I am pleased with the level of these classics. The vocabulary is still rich and the content remains but they are an easy read.

  • Sherri Anderson
    2019-05-19 01:27

    Thought I would read a classic and it was an all right read. Not great though.

  • Spencer Walsh
    2019-04-27 04:19

    I thought it was a great book and very suspenseful.

  • Anne
    2019-04-25 05:20

    A good adaptation. Kept my 6 and 8 year olds interested.

  • Ahmed Abdulgader
    2019-05-13 04:07

    اول كتاب قرأته :)

  • Hazel Gifford
    2019-05-09 07:06

    My sons favorite book. He has read a few times.

  • Giorgia
    2019-04-28 01:20

    I read this for school. It was a bit boring because 1. it doesn't give time its meaning, and 2. it practically was a manual of survival on a desert Island.

  • Lydia
    2019-05-07 06:19

    to finish reading at some point :P

  • Serena Wong
    2019-04-24 06:12

    This was an interesting story of someone who got shipwrecked. The way the author describes how Robinson survived is so creative and interesting.

  • Mary
    2019-05-21 05:12

    My middle had to read this for school and was doing her usual skip reading.