Reading Classics Aloud: Robinson Crusoe Links

Our 7 and 9 year old boys were memorized every minute as I read Robinson Crusoe, they actually balked when I stopped reading  (the reading took three nights).

Classics: Should You Read the Originals or Adaptations?

Literature for the masses or literature for the lazy? Does it matter? We used a children’s adaptation to read Robinson Crusoe (apologies to Charlotte Mason – she prefers the originals).

Long chapters and difficult language can overwhelm and obscure the richness of the story. i.e. my boys listen better and enjoy the story. My goal is first to encourage a love of learning. The original Robinson Crusoe included cannibals and was a bit daunting for younger children.

If you chose a children’s adaptation be sure it includes Crusoe’s religious experiences. Some adaptations will leave this out to meet the public school agenda.

The Book: Robinson Crusoe ( is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in 1719 . The book is a fictional autobiography of an English castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island and documents Crusoe’s spiritual journey as he comes to peace with God

The Author: Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) ( wrote more than 500 books, pamphlets, articles, and poems. Among the most productive authors of the Augustan Age, he was the first of the great 18th-century English novelist.

Robinson Crusoe Lesson Plans

Classic Literature With Similar Themes

  • Island of the Dolphin
  • Treasure Island
  • Kidnapped
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • The Mysterious Island

Family Guides to Great Reading

Books with annotated lists of classics, Bible stories, biographies, and more.

  • Honey for a Child’s Heart
  • Honey for a Teen’s Heart
  • For the Children’s Sake
  • The Read-Aloud Handbook
  • For the Love of Literature
  • The New Read-Aloud Handbook
  • Books That Build Character
  • What Stories Does My Son Need?
  • Building Moral Intelligence

Robin Sampson is a homeschool mom and author. Her tiles include The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach, What Your Child Needs to Know When, Wisdom: An Internet-Linked Unit Study, A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays, and Ancient History: Adam to Messiah. See all her books and discount packages. For homeschool encouragement and tips, go to

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